The Effects Of Physical Development On Adolescence Essay

1388 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
Physical development in adolescence is when puberty begins, the body has significant growth spurts, hormonal changes occur and their brains undergo significant changes, some involving the corpus callosum, in which the left and right hemispheres of the brain make stronger connections and the ability to process information improves. Grasping their sexual identities and developing new forms of intimacy, adolescents are more likely to engage in risky behaviors and increase their risk in contracting sexually transmitted diseases or becoming pregnant. Contraceptive measures and sexual awareness decreases the amount of teenage pregnancies and has decreased from approximately 50 pregnancies per 1000 teenagers, to 30 per 1000 teenagers at the ages 15 through 19 in the U.S. since 1980 until 2012 (Hamilton, Martin & Ventura). Nature now making its way into the minds of adolescents, they become more preoccupied with body image, especially seen in females, eating orders can arise like anorexia and bulimia nervosa and can present serious danger to the nutritional health of a growing teenager. Sleep also being important for growth, decreases in adolescents as they make their way through high school from a delay in sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, having more freedom to drink caffeinated beverages and no longer have their sleep regulated by their caregivers. Adolescent’s transitioning from middle school to high school, illicit drug introduction, hormonal changes and more leniencies in…

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