Consider how you might apply your understanding of the pubertal information discussed in the readings (and videos) to your work with adolescents

Consider how you might apply your understanding of the pubertal information discussed in the readings (and videos) to your work with adolescents. For instance, how might you address delayed pubertal timing in teens or how might you address students’ feelings about their bodies, as students’ health classes might not always provide them with all the health-related information and resources they need?  How might you address the unique needs of adolescents with gender dysphoria (feeling that their gender identity is not related to their biological sex)? Thus, for this assignment, you will need to briefly identify and provide your thoughts on a total of 2 concepts and/or research findings presented in the readings and videos (e.g., the psychological consequences associated with gender dysphoria and the psychological impact of delayed puberty). For instance, in regards to delayed puberty, please describe what was most interesting about the video discussion and provide additional information from outside resources, along with your personal thoughts.  

This assignment will be assessed using the Discussion rubric. https://my.uopeople.edu/pluginfile.php/1405885/mod_book/chapter/298069/EDUC5420_REFDisc_Rubric.pdf

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References

1. de Vries, A.L., Steensma, T.D., Doreleijers, T.A., & Cohen-Kettenis, P.T. (2011). Puberty suppression in adolescents with gender identity disorder: A prospective follow-up study. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 8, 2276-2283.  http://www.pinktherapy.com/portals/0/CourseResources/de_Vries_Puberty_Suppression_in_Adolescents_with_GD.pdf

  • Given our current discussions on gender identity, this article compares psychological functioning and gender dysphoria before and after puberty suppression in gender dysphoric adolescents.

2. Graber J. A.,  Seeley, J. R., Brooks-Gunn, J., & Lewinsohn, P. M. (2004). Is pubertal timing associated with psychopathology in young adulthood? Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43, 718–726.  

http://faculty.weber.edu/eamsel/Classes/Child%203000/Adolescent%20Risk%20taking/Lectures/3-4%20Biological/Biology%20II/Garber%20et%20al.,%20(2004).pdf

  • This research presented here examined whether the timing of puberty continued to be associated with experiences of psychopathology (symptoms and disorders) from mid-adolescence into young adulthood.

3. Parent, A. S., Teilmann, G., Juul, A., Skakkebaek, N. E., Toppari, J., & Bourguignon, J.P. (2003). The timing of normal puberty and the age limits of sexual precocity variations around the world, secular trends and changes after migration. Endocrine Reviews 24(5), p.668 – 693. https://orbi.uliege.be/bitstream/2268/76074/1/Endocrine%20Rev%202003.pdf

  • This research article discusses the onset of puberty for children who have migrated to Western European Countries.

4. Sisk, C. L., & Zehr, J. L. (2005). Pubertal hormones organize the adolescent brain and behavior. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 26, 163–174. https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.322.1683&rep=rep1&type=pdf or download the PDF.

  • This article discusses how adolescents’ changing hormonal system impacts their nervous system and how this interaction effects later adult functioning and sexual behavior.

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