Boys reported that the onset of heterosexual attractions happened around the same age as same-sex attractions and occurring on average 1 to 2 years earlier than girls.
(7)This stage is marked by the full establishment of secondary sexual characteristics and growth deceleration.
Parental and societal concerns regarding premature sexual activity include unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual abuse, and potential emotional consequences of sexual behaviors.
These concerns underscore the importance of providing adolescents with preventive health services and comprehensive sexual health education.
They become increasingly concerned with whether they are attractive and place more importance on their peer group.