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5 Developmental Milestones: 12 - 15 Years Old

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Physical Growth

Traits: Experiences abrupt and quick increases in height, weight, and strength. Girls reach physical and sexual maturity, and boys' body changes begin. Acne appears. Focused on appearance.


Advice for Parents: Explain the body changes. Discourage comparing to peers. May need special diet or medication for acne. Discuss consequences of sex, birth control and safe sex.