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American Medical Association Girl's Guide to Becoming a Teen

ISBN: 978-0-7879-8344-4
128 pages
May 2006, Jossey-Bass
American Medical Association Girl
Becoming a teen is an important milestone in every girl’s life. It’s even more important to get answers and advice to the most common health issues girls face from a trusted source. The American Medical Association Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Teen is filled with invaluable advice to get you ready for the changes you will experience during puberty. Learn about these important topics and more:
  • Puberty and what kinds of physical and emotional changes you can expect—from your developing body to your feelings about boys
  • The importance of eating the right foods and taking care of your body
  • Your reproductive system inside and out
  • Starting your period—what it means and how to handle it
  • Thinking about relationships and dealing with new feelings
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Chapter One:
Welcome to Puberty 6

Chapter Two:
Eating, Exercise, and a Healthy Weight 14

Chapter Three:
Your Height 26

Chapter Four:
Your Skin, Teeth, and Hair 32

Chapter Five:
Your Reproductive System-Inside and Out 50

Chapter Six:
Your Period 64

Chapter Seven:
Your Feelings 72

Chapter Eight:
Relationships 86

Chapter Nine:
What About Sex? 100




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Amy B. Middleman, MD, MSEd, MPH, is a board-certified Adolescent Medicine specialist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She is a practicing and teaching physician specializing in the care of adolescents at Texas Children's Hospital. In addition to her Doctor of Medicine degree, she has a Master of Science in Education and a Master of Public Health degree.

Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker. She has a master's degree in social work from Columbia University as well as a certificate in psychodynamic psychotherapy with children and adolescents from NYU Psychoanalytic Institute.

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