Flashcards in Chapter 13 - Sexuality in Childhood and Adolescence Deck (6):
The biological stage of development during which reproduction first becomes possible. Puberty begins with the appearance of secondary sex characteristics and ends when the long bones make no further gains in length,
Secondary Sex Characteristics
Physical characteristics that differentiate males and females and that usually appear at puberty but are not directly involved in reproduction, such as the bodily distribution of hair and fat, development of the muscle mass, and deepening of the voice.
Primary Sex Characteristics
Physical characteristics that differentiate males and females and are directly involved in reproduction, such as the sex organs.
The onset of menstruation; first menstruation.
Involuntary ejaculation of seminal fluid while asleep. Also referred to as a "wet dream," although the individual need not be dreaming about sex, or dreaming at all, at the time.