The coming-of-age experience has changed dramatically, with girls maturing sooner than ever. But what happens when a girl has the body of a 13-year-old and the brain of an 8-year-old? Contrary to popular wisdom, early puberty is not merely a reflection of physical changes—it’s deeply psychological, too, with effects that can put a girl at higher risk for behavioral problems and long-term health challenges, such as obesity, depression, eating disorders, and even cancer.
The New Puberty is a reassuring, empowering guide for millions of parents—as well as teachers, coaches, pediatricians, and family members—by two notable experts in the field. Compiling original research and clinical experience, Drs. Greenspan and Deardorff offer practical strategies for supporting girls entering this complex stage of their lives. Readers will learn why girls are developing faster than they did a generation ago (it’s not just environmental toxins); the potential physical and emotional consequences; how to tell if a girl has reached puberty early and what to do; and how to initiate and continue difficult conversations.
Impeccably researched, comfortingly prescriptive, and a timely antidote to sensationalistic headlines, The New Puberty provides the roadmap to help young girls move forward with confidence, ensuring their optimal health and happiness for the future.
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About the Author
Louise Greenspan, MD, a board-certified endocrinologist focusing on puberty and an international leader in the field, works at Kaiser Permanente and is on faculty at UCSF.
Julianna Deardorff, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in adolescence, and is on faculty at UC Berkeley. The authors’ pioneering work on a recent early puberty study won them the 2013 Community Breast Cancer Research Award. They have contributed to Time magazine, Science, New York Times Magazine, and NPR. Both have young daughters and live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Welcome to the New Puberty: Is She Entering Puberty Early? xi
Part I The Causes of Early Puberty
Chapter 1 Move Over, Judy Blume: How We Define Puberty Today 3
Chapter 2 7 Going on 17: The Potential Repercussions of Early Puberty 25
Chapter 3 Nature versus Nurture: An In-Depth Look at Puberty Prompters 47
Part II Strategies to Help Growing Girls Thrive
Chapter 4 Is Treatment Necessary?: How to Know When to Medically Intervene 75
Chapter 5 How to Manage Environmental Risks: Practicing the Precautionary Principle 93
Chapter 6 Lifestyle Matters: Establishing Healthy Habits 117
Chapter 7 "What Is She Thinking?": Inside the Brain of a Developing 155
Chapter 8 Don't Have "the Talk," Start the Conversation: Building Emotional Closeness 183
Selected References 221
Recommended Reading and Additional Resources 231
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