Physical Growth & Development During The Teen Years
What’s it all about?
During adolescence, teens grow, change in shape and become capable of producing children. Adults face 2 major issues when looking at adolescent growth and development:
- Understanding adolescents in the context of their own experiences, as well as the expectations of the adult world.
- Helping adolescents know if their growth falls within the parameters of “normal,” or when to seek additional help.
Why does it matter?
Adolescents are often asking “Am I normal?” They worry: “I don’t look like my friends.” “I’m too tall/short, fat/thin.” Adults who reassure them and give clear, helpful information can support teens through this confusing and challenging time. Knowledgeable adults can help teens learn to cope with the changes in their bodies and avoid
Note: It is important to keep in mind that physical and emotional development do not always occur at the same pace. So, although a teen may have the body that looks like an adult, they may still be developing the emotional maturity that goes along with it!
What are the details?
|Stage||Physical Changes in Girls||Physical Changes in Boys|
|Early (11-14 years)||
|Middle (15-17 years)||
|Late (18-19 years)||
Reprinted with the permission of the Department of Social and Health Services.
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