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Changes Associated with Adolescence

Piaget’s cognitive developmental stages of human being

The stage where human body starts transferring from childhood to sexual maturity is known as adolescence. Adolescence is the time period between childhood and adulthood.


Adolescence is a time of change - physical, emotional, mental, and social.



What is the difference between puberty and adolescence?


In a strict sense, the term puberty refers to the bodily changes of sexual maturation during adolescence. Adolescence is the period of psychological and social transition between childhood and adulthood.


Puberty can be broken into three major time periods or phases. These are:


Pre - pubertal

This is the time before age thirteen in boys and before eleven in girls. Its duration for boys is approximately a year and a quarter, and for girls it is slightly shorter. 


This period contains the most noticeable growth spurt. It occurs between ages thirteen and fifteen for males and between eleven and fourteen in females.

Post - pubertal 

Last for a year and a half in girls and is somewhat shorter in the case of boys


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