This edition: Adolescence: Biosocial Development
This lesson explores the physical changes that take place during puberty—a period of rapid growth and hormonal change in early adolescence that produces an adult body capable of reproduction. Adolescents become more concerned about their body image as they undergo these physical changes, and this can impact their self-esteem. Their growing maturity gives them greater freedom to make choices and mistakes. The lesson explores the impact of nutrition on adolescent health, considers various cultural ideals about appearance, and discusses social pressures that can produce anxiety and stress. The final segment discusses the health risks associated with using drugs and drinking alcohol and considers the effects of peer pressure.