Development trends in dating for boys and girls
During adolescence, teens begin to evaluate their personal strengths and weaknesses, create long-term goals, and make decisions about their future.
Homosexual experimentation, which may or may not indicate homosexuality, as well as sexual promiscuity (with members of the opposite gender or members of the same sex) also are relatively common during this stage of sexual development.
At the onset of puberty, the hypothalamus begins secreting gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Gn RH) to the pituitary gland.
The pituitary gland then begins secreting leutenizing hormone (LH), which stimulates special cells in the testes and ovaries to produce sex hormones called testosterone and estrogen.
The increase in these hormones results in maturity associated with adulthood.
Signs of puberty in girls include the following: In addition to physical signs of sexual development, puberty also involves psychological (emotional) and social development, in which the adolescent begins to establish his or her independence and own identity.
They may wonder if they are developing normally and may show an interest in members of the opposite sex.