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The future mismatch between biological and social development of youths


Henneberg, M; Saniotis, A (2013). The future mismatch between biological and social development of youths. International Journal of Education and Research, 1(2):online.

Abstract

Biological development of children and youths is undergoing microevolutionary changes in the 21st century as a consequence of changes in health care, nutrition and family environment. The most striking of those changes is the acceleration of growth and maturation producing adult bodies in early teenagers that, in modern systems of prolonged education and upbringing, are socially immature. This mismatch of adult bodies, including sexual behaviors, with a continued education and social dependence may produce health risks and psychological and social instabilities in formation of personal relationships and families. It may also generate difficulties in socialisation and workplace relations. Increased use of psychotropic substances, criminal behaviours and addictions are likely to develop when physically mature individuals have no opportunity to participate in normal adult life.

Abstract

Biological development of children and youths is undergoing microevolutionary changes in the 21st century as a consequence of changes in health care, nutrition and family environment. The most striking of those changes is the acceleration of growth and maturation producing adult bodies in early teenagers that, in modern systems of prolonged education and upbringing, are socially immature. This mismatch of adult bodies, including sexual behaviors, with a continued education and social dependence may produce health risks and psychological and social instabilities in formation of personal relationships and families. It may also generate difficulties in socialisation and workplace relations. Increased use of psychotropic substances, criminal behaviours and addictions are likely to develop when physically mature individuals have no opportunity to participate in normal adult life.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Anatomy
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:06 Mar 2014 13:13
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:44
Publisher:Contemporary Research Centre
ISSN:2201-6333
Official URL:http://www.ijern.com/February-2013.php

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