If Puberty Is Happening Up to 2 Years Earlier in Boys, What Are the Implications?

Premium Membership, The Good Men Project

About the Editors

We're all in this together.

Comments

  1. I read this NYTimes piece yesterday bemused-
    While we delay the trappings of adulthood further back with laws- Driver’s Licenses & Drinking Age – with cultural attitudes – helicopter hyper organized parenting & codification of actions; Nature Trumps us and pushes back.

    And for the record I’m of the opinion that in addition to the exterior chemical
    , ie hormones in foods and overall better, or more, nutrition influence on earlier puberty cultural influences are causing this phenomenon.

  2. Some experts said that while earlier development in girls can be worrisome because girls may be treated as more socially mature than they are, implications for boys are uncertain.
    So let me get this straight.

    They can tell that earlier development in girls is worrisome because they may be treated more socially mature than they are but when it comes to boys they are just scratching their heads in uncertainty?

    Is it really that hard to recognize the implications that boys developing sooner would include some of the very same worries that apply to girls?

    (Off the top of my head I can imagine this making it even harder to take sex crimes against young boys seriously.)

  3. “Some experts said that while earlier development in girls can be worrisome because girls may be treated as more socially mature than they are, implications for boys are uncertain.
    “With girls, the first signs are obvious, and social ramifications are much more pronounced and they’re negative,”

    As psychologists, we are early trained in the implications of a girl being socially treated as far more mature than both her chronological and mental age. And the worries that the above quote refer to, have been subject of countless research and discussions for many years. Meaning: possible and usual effects of early biological maturing in girls is not clinically unfamiliar. Instead of scratching heads, what research does is foresee issues that can become more and more frequent. It means revising what was taught in universities and many books. Means updating to a less investigated subject, such as a boy reaching puberty at nine as a phenomena that could get to be the norm. Not omitting here, that girls reaching puberty even earlier than nowadays, is just as much a cause for concern and revision in terms of how society will relate to this child. And vice versa. It’s of high pycho-sociological importance.

    • As psychologists, we are early trained in the implications of a girl being socially treated as far more mature than both her chronological and mental age.
      That’s part of what I’m talking about. Supposedly when it comes to medical knowledge it was all about men. Yet when issues about men (and boys) comes up it’s uncertain.

      Don’t get me wrong I’m glad these questions are being asked and the research is being done. It just bothers me that these questions are just being asked now in face of the idea that medical knowledge has been all about boys and men in the first place. I have a bit of a problem with being told that girls and women are left hanging in these issues while at the same time we get articles like this where it’s pretty evident that that is not always the case.

Speak Your Mind