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How do adolescents develop physically?

Richard Ricciardi
Advanced Practice Nursing
Wow -- that is a great question and one that is not easy to answer. Basically, hormones (produced by endocrine glands and other cells) in the body "tell" the cells, tissues and organs in your body to change (or develop). Those changes have a dramatic effect on the physical stature, nervous system, and personality. Typically, physical changes begin at ages 8-10 in girls and 9-12 in boys.

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