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The Social and Psychological Effects of Puberty on White Females

  • Roberta G. Simmons
  • Dale A. Blyth
  • Karen L. McKinney

Abstract

There is general consensus that adolescence is an important stage in the life cycle. It is certainly a period of dramatic physical, emotional, and social changes. However, whether it is also a time of stress and disturbance is an issue of controversy (Douvan and Adelson, 1966; Douvan and Gold, 1966; Bealer, Willits, and Maida, 1969; Offer, 1969; Bandura, 1972). Furthermore, it is unclear what the contribution of the phyical changes of puberty is in exacerbating or alleviating whatever stress occurs at this age (see Eichorn, 1963; Clausen, 1975). The present study focuses on the latter problem, in particular on the impact of pubertal development on a wide variety of social-emotional reactions of the adolescent girl. To be investigated are the effects of pubertal change on the girl’s self-concept and on many of her behaviors, values, and attitudes.

Keywords

Body Image Psychological Effect Grade Point Average Sixth Grade Pubertal Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberta G. Simmons
    • 1
  • Dale A. Blyth
    • 2
  • Karen L. McKinney
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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