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Adolescent sexuality encompasses multiple factors, such as developing intimate partnerships, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and culture.
Adolescent sexuality has changed over the past 50 years, with adolescents now reaching physical maturity earlier and marrying later.
Parental and societal concerns regarding premature sexual activity include unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual abuse, and potential emotional consequences of sexual behaviors.
(7)This stage is marked by the full establishment of secondary sexual characteristics and growth deceleration.
In general, the early adolescent experiences physical changes, attempts to adjust to the changes, and often wonders if they are normal.
Children at this stage are self-preoccupied and concerned about body image and privacy.
(4) The study found that the onset of puberty (as measured by breast development) dropped from a mean age of 10.9 years in 1991 to 9.9 years in 2006.
This change was not due to obesity, because the girls’ BMI remained constant across the study periods.
(3)The obesity epidemic has been postulated as the likely cause of earlier onset of puberty.