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HANDLING PUBERTAL CHANGES IN BOYS AND GIRLS

Basic Science

Pubertal changes could be physical ,emotional,social and internal.These changes must be well handled

In Adolescents.

Adolescents often enter puberty with a heightened sense of sexuality accompanied by a great  deal of confusion.At  this stage,they are faced with the challenges of forming an identity,false feelings of independence,uestions about conformity as  well as  confusion about values and views of life.

 

Hence,pubertal changes must be well handled by applying basic coping strategies or identity.Some strategies of handling pubertal changes are as follows:

a.Personal hygiene and cleanliness

b.Self acceptance.

c.Emotional Development

 

d.Developing decision making skills which are

1 . Identifying and defining a problem

2.Gather information about the problem

3.Consider the advantages and the disadvantages

4.Consider  personal and family values in relation to the possible alternatives.

  1. Consider the impact of your decision on other people around you.

6.Choose one option thatwill have the best outcome.

7.Decide and act on the decision cautiously and

  1. Evaluate the outcome of your decision.

How can a teenager  handle pubertal  changes?

 

EVALUATION

Emotional changes accompany the physical changes of Adolescence.The ups and downs of being a teenager  can be difficult for both boys and girls. Hormones affects a young person’s moods and emotions.Aneample is feelings of sadness and depression ,shifting feelings about relationships  with family and friends.

 

Adolescents need to be assured that all of these changes are a normal part  ofgrowing.As boys and girls enter puberty,their interest in the expression of their sexuality  increases.The attain sexual maturity before achieving emotional or social maturity and economic independence.Beacuse of the health risk involved with premarital sex,youngpeopke’s decisions and experiences during this transition can affect the rest of their lives.

 

SOME ASPECTS OF EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENTS EXPERIENCED DURING ADOLESCENCE

1.Self consciousness

2.Increased desire to be  more independent

3.Feelings of discomfort due to rapid physical development

4.Mood swings

5.Egocentric tendencies

  1. Anger and disillusionment when one’s ideas are unmet.

7.Secrecy: Adolescents become isolated and seek mare privacy

8.Inquisitiness and

9.Struggle for acceptance by peer group.

 

EVALUATION

1.Puberty involves changes in   a.Tertiary sexual characteristics    b.sacondary sexual characteristics   c.primary sexual characteristics   d.Normal sexual characteristics.

2.Which of the following is not part of body changes during puberty?  A.voice change   b.body shape change   c.development of breast  d.growth in cheek

How can a teenager  handle pubertal  changes?

 

See also

HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

TEMPORARY AND PERMANENT CHANGES

Definition of growth and development

MAN AS AN INTELLIGENT ANIMAL

RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN LIVING THINGS IN THEIR HABITAT

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