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A brief look at the process of sexual development in both boys and girls.
# 152181 | 1,011 words | 9 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 10, 2013 in Biology (General) , Gender and Sexuality (General)


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Description:

This paper explains that puberty is a process that happens over the course of years, and results in physical, emotional and cognitive changes within the child/adolescent's body that are designed to prepare them to become an adult. The paper explains the physiological basis of sexual development and orientation and looks at the interaction between hormones, the body and behavior. Finally, the paper discusses the effect of the environment on sexual development and orientation.

Outline:
Puberty - The Process of Sexual Development and Maturity
Physiological Basis of Sexual Development and Orientation
Brain versus Body - the Interaction between Hormones, the Body, and Behavior
The Effect of the Environment on Sexual Development and Orientation

From the Paper:

"In human development, the stage that occurs between adolescence and adulthood is called puberty. Puberty is a process that happens over the course of years, and results in physical, emotional, and cognitive changes within the child/adolescent's body - all designed to prepare them to become an adult. Evolutionarily, this transformation was designed to allow the species to develop the necessary sexual characteristics to breed and continue the species. In modern humans, however, there are a number of cultural and social changes that are also expected, and are indeed impacted by the same processes that cause physical changes on the path towards sexual maturity (Janssen, 2006).
"The process of sexual development stems from hormonal changes in the bodies of both boys and girls. In boys, the process begins with more active testicular function, including the ability to produce viable sperm. It is during this time that a boy often experiences his first nocturnal emission, signaling his ability to reach orgasm. Pubic hair develops, then body and facial hair. Soon, the voice changes, a boy's shape changes and he becomes more muscular, less lanky. During this time so many hormones are produced that changes in his body smell, the eruption of acne, pervasive erections, and psychological changes in competitiveness, aggression, and anger may occur (McCarthy, 1998)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cook, J. (2007). "The Development of Sexual Orientation." Education.com. Cite in: http://www.education.com/reference/article/development-sexual-orientation/
  • Dumanoski, D. and J. Myers. (1996). Our Stolen Future. Plume Books.
  • Frankowski, B. (June 6 2004). "Sexual Orientation and Adolescents." AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics. Pediatrics Journal., 113 (6): 1827+ Cited in:http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;113/6/1827
  • Jannsen, D.F. (2006). Growing up Sexually: A World Atlas. Cited in:http://www2.hu-berlin.de/sexology/GESUND/ARCHIV/GUS/INDEXATLAS.HTM
  • Giedd, J., et.al. (2006). "Puberty-Related Influences on Brain Development."

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