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Ask Dr. Sharon: Physical and Mental maturity of teenagers

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This short video quickly reviews facts about the physical and mental growth of teenagers. Such facts that most girls will start puberty around 9 years of age, and most boys will start around 11 years. By 15, most girls are completely physically mature, as are most boys at nearly 17. However, research has shown that the adolescent brain does not mature at the same rate as the body.The prefrontal (anterior) part of the brain controls reason, emotion, common sense, and judgment, and is not mature until nearly 21 years of age. Thus teenagers are somewhat vulnerable to peer pressure and the media as they may not be able to process the impact of their decisions. A good video for middle school students, but needs to be the start of a discussion, not an end in itself.  Run time 1:15
 
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