Sexuality During Childhood and Adolescence

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puberty

a period of rapid physical changes in early adolescence during which the reproductive organs mature

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gonadotropins

pituitary hormones that stimulate activity in the gonads (testes and ovaries)

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secondary sex characteristics

the physical characteristics other than genital development that indicate sexual maturity, such as body hair, breasts, and deepened voice.

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noncoital sex

physical contact, including kissing, touching, and manual or oral-genital stimulation but excluding coitus

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sexting

sending sexually suggestive photos or text messages via electronic devices.

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multi-person sex (MPS)

adolescent sexual interactions involving multiple simultaneous partners that may be either consensual or forced