Puberty, Sexuality and the Self: Girls and Boys at Adolescence, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Puberty, Sexuality and the Self

Girls and Boys at Adolescence, 1st Edition

By Karin Martin


166 pages

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Puberty, Sexuality and the Self considers the effects of puberty and teenage sexuality on adolescents. By analyzing interviews with 55 teenagers, Karin Martin finds that girls' self-esteem drops significantly more than boys' does at adolescence. While this finding is supported by previous studies, Martin picks up where these earlier studies leave off by focusing on girls' development and considering different experiences of puberty and sex as an explanation for girls' greater drop in self-esteem.

Puberty, Sexuality and the Self examines voice change, breast development, shaving, expectations of sex, the decision to have sex, experiences of sex and how boys and girls manage their emotions and selves throughout all of these new experiences. Comparing boys and girls at adolescence, Martin takes a qualitative look at puberty and sexuality, supporting her theory in the words of the adolescents themselves.

About the Author

Karin A. Martin is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University Of Michigan where she teaches and does research on gender and sexuality of children and adolescents.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General