Many girls are beginning puberty at an early age, developing breasts sooner than girls of previous generations. But the physical changes don't mean the modern girls' emotional and intellectual development is keeping pace. Two doctors have written a book called The New Puberty that looks at the percentage of girls who are going through early puberty, the environmental, biological and socioeconomic factors that influence when puberty begins, and whether early puberty is linked with an increased risk of breast cancer. Deardorff and Louise Greenspan are co-investigators in a long-term study of puberty.
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Stages of Puberty: A Guide for Girls and Boys
As an adult, you probably remember puberty — a time when your body went through a lot of changes. Professor James M. Tanner , a child development expert, was the first to identify the visible stages of puberty. Today, these stages are known as the Tanner stages or, more appropriately, sexual maturity ratings. They serve as a general guide to physical development, although each person has a different puberty timetable. Read on to learn about the Tanner stages and what you can expect to see in boys and girls during each stage. Toward the end of stage 1, the brain is just starting to send signals to the body to prepare for changes.
How Girls Are Developing Earlier In An Age Of 'New Puberty'
From a biological perspective, puberty is the stage of physical maturation in which an individual becomes physiologically capable of sexual reproduction. The resultant increase in sex steroid production will ensure the appearance and maintenance of sexual characteristics and the capacity for reproduction. The entire endocrine system is altered during adolescence. However, it is essentially the activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis that induces and enhances the progressive ovarian and testicular sex hormone secretion that are responsible for the profound biological, morphological, and psychological changes to which the adolescent is subjected. Puberty proceeds through five stages from childhood to full maturity P1 to P5 as described by Marshall and Tanner.
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