Long before the emotional & social conflicts, that are associated with adoloscence erupt, hormonal changes begin to have their effects on a young person's body.
These changes trigger the maturation of the reproductive organs and the development of secendary sex characteristics such as: facial hair in males and breasts in females, a process that generally takes about four years to complete. Although the timing of these changes varies considerable with the individual, puberty usually begin between the ages of ten and twelve in girls and twelve and fourteen in boys. # With physical maturation, the urges associated with sexual maturity arise. The first forays into dating are not associated with sexual maturation itself but with peer preassure. Adolescents who fail to date are dropped by their peer group, and studies have found that chronological age (which is related to the peer group) is a better predictor of the onset of dating than is sexual maturation. Autor: Jakub