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Will my child's behavior change during puberty?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Puberty is a time of physical, social, and cognitive development for adolescents, and it is likely that your child's behavior will change. Your child is likely to become more aware of their body, which may cause them to feel insecure. Peer approval will become increasingly important and may be related to physical development.

Males may exhibit aggressive behavior related to increased hormone levels or develop a sex drive. Females may become insecure about late development or begin interacting with older social groups if they develop early. The rate at which your child develops physically in relation to their peers can significantly affect their behavior.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.