Ch 13: Physical and Sexual Development in Adolescence

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Watch online psychology video lessons and learn about adolescent growth, gender identity, sexuality and more. These engaging lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

Physical and Sexual Development in Adolescence - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Let instructors teaching this chapter introduce you to the physical, cognitive, social and emotional changes that occur during puberty. They can also help you explore how influences ranging from gender stereotypes and the media to peer groups and genetics affect adolescents' sexual development. This chapter is designed to teach you:

  • Developmental differences between males and females
  • Roles of health and fitness in adolescent physical development
  • Social influences on adolescent sexual development
  • Factors contributing to early maturation

Video Objective
Physical Growth in Adolescence Examine the physical growth spurts and rites of passage that occur during adolescence. Identify differences in growth between males and females.
Sexual Development and Maturation of the Adolescent Learn about the physical, emotional and social changes that occur during puberty.
Health and Fitness in Adolescence Understand the importance of health, fitness and nutrition in adolescence. Explore the roles of sports and exercise.
The Secular Trend in Growth and Puberty Development Discuss how genetic and environmental factors contribute to the secular changes in puberty and development. Describe how early maturation affects males and females.
Gender Differences in Adolescent Development Explore the differences in cognitive, social and emotional development among males and females. Discuss body image differences.
Gender Identity in Adolescent Development Explain how sexual orientation and gender identity develop in adolescence. Examine androgyny, gender roles and gender stereotypes.
Sexuality in Adolescence: Attitudes, Behaviors & Values Survey adolescents' attitudes, behaviors and values regarding sex and sexuality. Assess the impact of media, peers, family and school on development.
Influences of Sexual Harassment and Abuse on Adolescent Development Understand how sexual harassment and abuse influence adolescent development.
Issues Related to Sexual Behaviors in Adolescence Recognize the effects of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases on adolescents. Outline the different types of birth control methods.

9 Lessons in Chapter 13: Physical and Sexual Development in Adolescence
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Physical Growth in Adolescence

1. Physical Growth in Adolescence

Adolescents go through many physical changes. Watch this lesson to find out some of the physical developments that happen during adolescence, including those related to puberty, growth spurts and gender differences in growth.

Sexual Development and Maturation of the Adolescent

2. Sexual Development and Maturation of the Adolescent

In this lesson, explore the changes that take place during puberty. You will meet Dick and Jane as they experience these changes, and you will be able to test your knowledge with a quiz at the end.

Health and Fitness in Adolescence

3. Health and Fitness in Adolescence

Adolescence is a time of great physical change. However, many adolescents struggle with weight. Watch this lesson to learn more about those weight issues, including how they can fight obesity and issues with eating disorders.

The Secular Trend in Growth and Puberty Development

4. The Secular Trend in Growth and Puberty Development

Teenagers go through dramatic physical changes as a part of puberty. But something odd is happening: puberty is starting earlier each generation. In this lesson, we'll look at the secular trend of puberty and its possible causes.

Gender Differences in Adolescent Development

5. Gender Differences in Adolescent Development

Adolescence is a time of growth and change. Some of these changes are different in boys and girls, though. In this lesson, we'll examine gender differences in emotional and brain development during adolescence.

Gender Identity in Adolescent Development

6. Gender Identity in Adolescent Development

During adolescence, teens become more and more aware of their sexuality and what it means to be part of their gender. In this lesson, we'll explore how gender identity and sexual orientation develop in adolescence.

Sexuality in Adolescence: Attitudes, Behaviors, & Values

7. Sexuality in Adolescence: Attitudes, Behaviors, & Values

Puberty brings with it many changes, including new sexual feelings. Watch this lesson to find out more about sexual development in adolescence, including the differences in how early adolescents and later adolescents approach sexuality.

Influences of Sexual Harassment and Abuse on Adolescent Development

8. Influences of Sexual Harassment and Abuse on Adolescent Development

Amid the changes of adolescence, some teens struggle with sexual harassment. Watch this lesson to find out more about the types of sexual harassment, including sexual abuse and sexual bullying, and the effects they have on adolescents.

Issues Related to Sexual Behaviors in Adolescence

9. Issues Related to Sexual Behaviors in Adolescence

Adolescence is a time of great changes in a person's life, including many choices regarding sexual activity. Watch this lesson to find out about some of the issues that can come with being sexually active in adolescence.

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