Drama—it is a major part of adolescence. During this complex period of development, adolescents routinely deal with many types of drama, none of which is more dramatic than the physical changes occurring within the body of the female adolescent. But these physical variations in “normal” female adolescent development are tremendous, as are the timeframes in which they occur. The best that we, as adult advisors to female adolescents, can do is to make gross approximations about the physical changes that can be expected along with the approximate period in which these changes may occur. Yet how many female adolescents really follow “normal” patterns (and timelines) of adolescent development? Furthermore, how many adolescents have the courage to ask us honest questions about what is happening with their bodies?
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