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Pubertät

(372 words)

Author(s): Barz, Heiner
[English Version] Pubertät, religionswissenschaftlich. Als P. wird diejenige Phase in der menschlichen Entwicklung bez., in der die Geschlechtsorgane vollständig heranreifen und die sog. sekundären Geschlechtsmerkmale (Bartwuchs, Entwicklung der Brüste bei der Frau) sich ausbilden. Die P. hat sich in der neueren Gesch. der Industriestaaten nach vorne verschoben und beginnt heute bei Mädchen bereits ab dem 10. Lebensjahr. Zeitpunkt und Dauer sind stark kulturabhängig und weisen auch interindividuel…

Puberty

(421 words)

Author(s): Barz, Heiner
[German Version] is the stage of human development in which the genitalia attain full maturity and during which the so-called secondary sexual characteristics (beard growth, development of female breasts) make their appearance. In the recent history of industrial states, the onset of puberty has started to occur earlier than heretofore, with girls now entering puberty as early as the age of ten. First occurrence and duration are strongly dependent on cultural factors, and also show considerable variation between individuals. The cultural context determines how puberty is s…

Youth/Adolescence

(4,230 words)

Author(s): Schwab, Ulrich | Barz, Heiner | Bucher, Anton
[German Version] I. Definition Adolescence (or youth) is the stage of human development between childhood and adulthood. Today the adoption of styles associated with youth culture begins at the end of elementary school and remains relevant far beyond the age of 25. Even among adults, some elements of youth cultures are still a coveted attribute. Section 7 of the German Child and Youth Welfare Act (ch. VIII of the Social Security Code) defines a child as a person below the age of 14, an adolescent as…