During puberty, since your body undergoes many changes, it is common to feel uncomfortable about them and become overly sensitive about your physical appearance. As a result you may feel irritated quite easily, lose your temper or feel depressed. It will be useful to be aware of the changes in your behaviour and talk about it with someone that you're comfortable talking to. Since you are in the process of becoming an adult, you may feel inclined to figure out what makes you unique as a person.
Supporting Healthy Adolescent Emotional Development
This is a time of changes for how teenagers think, feel, and interact with others, and how their bodies grow. Most girls will be physically mature by now, and most will have completed puberty. Boys might still be maturing physically during this time. Your teen might have concerns about her body size, shape, or weight. Eating disorders also can be common, especially among girls. During this time, your teen is developing his unique personality and opinions.
Adolescence is a period of personal and social identity formation, in which different roles, behaviors, and ideologies are explored. In the United States, adolescence is seen as a time to develop independence from parents while remaining connected to them. Some key points related to social development during adolescence include the following:. Figure 1.
Puberty is the period or age at which a person is first capable of sexual reproduction. School curriculum, media influences, and talking with friends all impact how girls understand their bodies and changing emotions. The changes associated with puberty can be difficult. Many girls anxiously await the opportunity to wear a bra for the first time or think about becoming a mom in the future. Break it down for your daughter by explaining the stages of puberty that will affect her physically and emotionally.