Pubertal Hormones Not Responsible for Changes in Social Behavior of an Adoloscent

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In a newly published research paper it has been discovered that reproductive hormones that develop during the attainment of puberty cannot be held responsible for the changes in social behavior that take place during the adolescence years.

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Matthew Paul, lead author of the paper and assistant professor in University of Buffalo’s Department of Psychology said that changes in social behavior of a person during years of adolescence seem to be independent of his or her pubertal hormones and they are not sparked by due to attainment of puberty, and such hormones cannot be blamed for the same.

Adolescence and puberty happen simultaneously and as such it is very difficult to separate the adolescent changes that are fuelled by attainment of puberty from those that are not related to puberty. However, Mathew Paul and his collaborators have discovered a way to separate the two using the model of seasonal-breeding animal.

This new model as explained in the research that is being conducted by Professor Paul together with his co-authors, Lauren Brown, a UB graduate student, Geert de Vries, a professor at Georgia State University, and Clemens Probst, a scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital, offers a fundamental understanding that had not existed earlier for what steers social development of adolescents.

Adolescence is considered to be a important period of all-round development for individuals, as noted by Professor Paul.

It is during these years that many mental health disorders arise, complicated thought process develops and it is also associated with the initiation of various high-risk behaviors such as drug use. So far as social behavior is concerned, it is that very time of life when the focus of children’s social relationships makes a shift from their family members to their peers. In another words, they cease to long for hanging out with dad and mom. It has been extensively perceived that such changes can happen owing to the increase in gonadal hormones during puberty.

This research paper has recently been published in Current Biology, a science journal.

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