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Puberty is the name given to some important physical changes that occur during adolescence

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  • Submitted: 31/03/2006
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PUBERTY

Puberty is the name given to some important physical changes that occur during adolescence. Puberty is the body's way of preparing for the responsibilities of becoming an adult. Puberty is the period of time when children begin to mature biologically, psychologically, socially and cognitively. Girls start to grow into women and boys into men. Bailey explains that puberty can happen any time from the age of 8 to 17, although most people begin between the ages of 10 and 14. The start of puberty can depend on factors such as family history, diet, and one's general state of health. The most significant change is that during puberty, the body becomes capable of reproduction.

Puberty happens to everyone, but doesn't happen to everybody at the same time. Elliot-Wright indicates that the puberty process can take a year or even six years and it normally occurs sooner in females than in males. This time period is when a child's body takes on those characteristics that define it sexually. Body differences between boys and girls before puberty are almost entirely restricted to the genitalia. Petit-Daly notes that during puberty, major differences of size, shape, composition, and

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