REACHING THE AGE OF ADOLESCENCE
After the completion
of this lesson, students will be able to:
* understand the body changes that take place
* differentiate the
secondary sexual characteristics of boys and girls.
* know about the role
of hormones in reproduction.
* explain the
reproductive phases of life in human.
* understand the nutritional needs of
Growing up is a natural process that
takes place in all living organisms. All living organisms grow up to maturity
which is the ability to respond to a particular environment. Maturity along
with experiences produces a progressive series of changes in an organism. These
series of changes are called development. Different phases of human development
are called developmental stages. Human developmental stages include infancy,
childhood, adolescence, adulthood, middle age and old age. Among all these
stages, adolescence is the most crucial and significant period in an individual’s
life. It is the period of transition from childhood to adulthood. This period
starts at the age of about 10 to 13 and ends at the age of 19 (commonly known
as teenage). Almost all of you would have entered this period now. In this
lesson you are going to study about the changes that take place in you (which
are normal) as you enter the age of adolescence. You will also study about the
reproductive phases of human life, reproductive health, nutritional needs of
adolescents and personal hygiene during adolescence.