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Psychosocial Development and Puberty


Address for correspondence: Mary Short, Ph.D., 2700 Bay Area Blvd.; Houston, TX 77058. Voice: 281-283-3324.


The context of adolescent development in which puberty occurs is briefly reviewed, along with the psychosocial impact on timing of puberty, girls' perception of puberty, and the impact of puberty on relationships with parents and on psychological health. This information can be integrated into clinical practice in order to provide the best care for adolescents, but, first, access to confidential and comprehensive care must be available.