There has been a great deal of research in recent years about the Adolescent Brain and while we can certainly generalize about any group, adolescents included, there are distinct differences between adolescent females and adolescent males. Two things all experts agree on is that (1) major hormonal changes occur in adolescents when they go through puberty and (2) girls go through puberty 1-2 years before boys. With that in mind, it makes perfect sense that we should pay attention to those hormonal changes and how they affect the brain as well as the rest of the body.  In the book The Female Brain, by Louann Brizendine, M.D., she states,

“More than 99 percent of male and female genetic coding is exactly the same. Out of the thirty thousand genes in the human genome, the less than one percent between the sexes is small. But that percentage difference influences every single cell in our bodies – from the nerves that register pleasure and pain to the neurons that transmit perception, thoughts, feelings, and emotions.”

By the way, I highly recommend that every parent of every child read this book. Even though it is entitled The Female Brain, as it chronicles the differences between the female and male brains, there is equally as much to learn about male brains as female brains.

One endorsement of the book, by Christiane Northrup, M.D. states – All women – and the men who love them – should read this book!

The second chapter in The Female Brain is on TEEN GIRL BRAIN. If any of you read it, I would love to hear comments here on the blog. There are very few books in my highly recommended read related to this issue…many are just to technical for us “lay folks” to understand, but this is definitely my “Tip of the Day for all parents!”

Note: By the way in an earlier blog I mentioned the Ad Campaign by the Allstate Insurance company which referred to “The Adolescent Brain”. If you didn’t read it, check it out!

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