How the timing of puberty affects adolescents and young teens
Puberty begins with hormonal shifts that trigger the development of male and female sex characteristics. In general, puberty usually starts for girls between the ages of 9 and 11, and for most boys between the ages of 9½ and 13 years, although the exact age at which puberty starts varies widely among individuals.
Adolescents are usually very aware of how their development compares to that of their friends. Any development that varies significantly from the norm can be a source of great anxiety along with social and emotional struggles.
The tables below highlight some of the advantages and disadvantages related to the timing of puberty.1
|Girls who mature early:||Boys who mature early:|
|Advantages of maturing early||
|Disadvantages of maturing early||
|Girls who mature late:||Boys who mature late:|
|Advantages of maturing late||
|Disadvantages of maturing late||
Last Updated: February 1, 2010
Author: Debby Golonka, MPH