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    Early Sexual Maturation

    The age of entering into puberty has declined from 15-16 over the last century to age 11-12. At the same time, it has been observed that there has been little change in psychological and intellectual development. What are two implications that this earlier sexual maturation has for society?

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    The first implication this may cause to society is more teenage pregnancy as has been reported even just this week that teen birth rates are up for the first time in the last 15 years (http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/12/05/teen.births.ap/index.html?iref=newssearch). When puberty hits early, girls and even boys are more to have sexual feelings and even moreso than those who are older may feel confused about those feelings and the effect they have on the opposite sex. It has been argued ...

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