A teenagers guide to dating

This non-uniform growth is one reason why an adolescent body may seem out of proportion.

During puberty, bones become harder and more brittle.

Such milestones include driving a vehicle, having legal sexual relations, serving in the armed forces or on a jury, purchasing and drinking alcohol, voting, entering into contracts, finishing certain levels of education, and marriage.

Adolescence is usually accompanied by an increased independence allowed by the parents or legal guardians, including less supervision as compared to preadolescence.

The production of these hormones increases gradually until sexual maturation is met.

Some boys may develop gynecomastia due to an imbalance of sex hormones, tissue responsiveness or obesity.

As with most human biological processes, this specific order may vary among some individuals.

Physical growth (particularly in males), and cognitive development can extend into the early twenties.

Thus age provides only a rough marker of adolescence, and scholars have found it difficult to agree upon a precise definition of adolescence.

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