Week 3 Discussion Post


One myth is that the growth of pubic hair is an indicator of thebeginning of puberty. In reality when pubic hair develops on its ownwithout further development in for instance breast, it is anindication of enhanced adrenal secretion from weak androgens andcannot be said to be puberty (Nakamoto, 2000). A different myth isthat breast growth is an indication of girls’ puberty. In reality,breast growth happening when girls are below six years is more ofbenign premature thelarche (Nakamoto, 2000). Psychological andsocial issues involve physical growth, like acne that may result inlow self-esteem. Another change is the capability to reason and makedecisions without consulting. Adolescence is the time that followsthe start of puberty when a young individual grows into an adult.Emotional changes involve an increase in self-awareness, experiencinguncertainty, experiencing over sensitiveness and mood changes.

In the African culture, the rite of passage for boys involvesundergoing circumcision. Once a boy has been circumcised, they becomea man. On the other hand, females undergo training on how to becomeresponsible women as they develop from girls to women. Pluralism is aconcept that implies there can be individuals of different culturesliving together yet not bond together. Assimilation is when a personloses their sense of self, and adjusts to the culture that is mostdominant within the surrounding. The concepts have an impact on therights of passage. Psychologically, when an individual is becoming ofage in a different place having different cultures, it is difficultto adjust. This results in a struggle of desiring to fit with agemates. Attachment styles include secure, disorganized, avoidant aswell as ambivalent. The secure style is most efficient when creatinglasting relationships due to the abundance of trust. Attractionstyles include sexual, sensual, platonic, romantic and aesthetic.Platonic attraction results in lasting associations.


Nakamoto, J. M. (2000). Myths and variations in normal pubertaldevelopment. Western Journal of Medicine, 172(3), 182-185.