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Human Development
History of Psychology
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Introduction Domain Life stages Conclusion

 Late Childhood: Ages 10 - 12

 Biological

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Puberty begins with rising hormone levels

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Girls' growth spurt begins with gains in height, weight, and musculature

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Gender specific physical changes appear within first year: enlargement of breasts in girls and testes in boys

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In physical maturation, boys lag, on average, 2 years behind girls

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Variations in onset of puberty impact personality development

 Cognitive

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Logical thought progresses to abstract thinking

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Planning skills and memory strategies improve

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Long-term knowledge base grows

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Language skills expand to include synonyms, categories, double meanings, metaphors, humor, and complex grammatical structure

 Psychosocial

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Changes in physique, sexuality, cognitive functioning, and society's treatment may challenge sense of self

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Appreciation of connection between moral rules and social conventions strengthens

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Peer groups often divide into cliques

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Awareness of gender stereotypes continues to increase

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Issues increase around autonomy, sibling rivalry, and separation from family



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