Alternative Constructions of Adolescent Growth
Textbooks on adolescent development show a remarkable similarity in their descriptions of the physiological, social, and psychological changes that characterize the adolescent period. In addition to providing descriptive information, these textbooks almost uniformly present a discussion of the consequences of the timing of pubertal growth, such as an account of the impact which early or late maturing has upon individuals during the adolescent period and in the young adult years. Yet there seems to be little or no consensus when it comes to explaining how it is that somatic influences affect human behavior and personality development. An important but unanswered question is this: How do the physiological changes of puberty exert an impact upon social and psychological development?
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