Girls at Puberty

Biological and Psychosocial Perspectives

  • Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
  • Anne C. Petersen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Biological Aspects of Puberty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michelle P. Warren
      Pages 3-28
    3. William A. Daniel Jr.
      Pages 51-71
    4. Jerry R. Klein, Iris F. Litt
      Pages 73-88
    5. Gordon B. Cutler Jr., Florence Comite, Jean Rivier, Wylie W. Vale, D. Lynn Loriaux, William F. Crowley Jr.
      Pages 89-102
  3. Psychological Aspects of Puberty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Margaret S. Faust
      Pages 105-125
    3. Maryse H. Tobin-Richards, Andrew M. Boxer, Anne C. Petersen
      Pages 127-154
    4. Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Diane N. Ruble
      Pages 155-177
    5. Anne C. Petersen
      Pages 179-198
  4. Sociocultural Aspects of Puberty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Roberta G. Simmons, Dale A. Blyth, Karen L. McKinney
      Pages 229-272
    3. Ouida E. Westney, Renee R. Jenkins, Constance A. Benjamin
      Pages 273-300
  5. The Study of Puberty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-323
    2. Renee R. Jenkins
      Pages 325-338
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 339-341

About this book


The publication of this volume at this time appears particularly auspi­ cious. Biological, psychological, and social change is greater during the pubertal years than at any other period since infancy. While the past two decades have witnessed a virtual explosion of productive research on the first years of life, until recently research on adolescence, and particularly on puberty and early adolescence, has lagged substantially behind. This book provides encouraging evidence that things are changing for the better. Considered separately, the individual chapters in this book include important contributions to our growing knowledge of the biological mechanisms involved in pubertal onset and subsequent changes, as well as of the psychological and social aspects of these changes, both as con­ sequences and determinants. In this regard, the book clearly benefits from the breadth of disciplines represented by the contributors, includ­ ing developmental endocrinology, adolescent medicine, pediatrics, psy­ chology, and sociology, among others.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
    • 1
    • 2
  • Anne C. Petersen
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for the Study of Exceptional ChildrenEducational Testing ServicePrincetonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pediatrics, College of Physicians and SurgeonsColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Individual and Family Studies, College of Human DevelopmentThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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