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Development of sexuality and sexual identity

After falling for more than a century, the age at which puberty occurs has levelled off in many developed countries, both for boys and girls. Puberty in girls starts slowly with changes in body shape, but is usually marked by the onset of menstruation any time between the ages of 8 and 17, with the median age between 12 and 13. Boys start puberty slightly later than girls – at any time between 10 and 16 – but their body changes continue longer, until late teens or early twenties. While children with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and/or serious health conditions usually enter puberty at a similar age to their peers, they may have delayed emotional and social development that results in a need for extra help in understanding the changes they are experiencing.

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