Teenagers A Natural History

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-14
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
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This book will change how you think about teenagers.

Author Biography

David Bainbridge is a Veterinary Anatomist at Cambridge University (U.K.). His previous books include Making Babies: The Science of Pregnancy, The X in Sex: How the X Chromosome Contorls Our Lives, and Beyond the Zonules of Zinn: A Fantastic Journey Through Your Brain.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A silver liningp. 1
Aches and Gripes and Lumps and Bumps: Why growing up is hard to dop. 9
Where did the teenagers come from?p. 14
What flips our sexy switch?p. 26
Why all the bodily unpleasantness?p. 36
Why do teenage girls and boys look different?p. 43
Why are girls more mature?p. 62
Thinking, Risk and Rock 'n' Roll: Why teenage brains are differentp. 73
Why are teenagers brainier than everyone else?p. 77
Are teenagers driven by their hormones?p. 89
Why are teenagers' brains different?p. 101
Why all the sleep, risk and anger?p. 113
Why do teenagers start to think in new ways?p. 129
Out of the Ordinary: The truth about alcohol, nicotine and other diversionsp. 143
Where did all the drugs come from?p. 146
Why do drugs affect teenagers differently?p. 154
So is teenage drug use really a bad thing?p. 170
Love and Loss: Why teenage relationships can be the best and worst things in the worldp. 183
Why do teenagers get so sad?p. 186
Why do teenagers get so confused?p. 204
Why do teenagers get so worried?p. 216
And what is love?p. 233
Teenage Kicks: The ifs, whens and whys of sexp. 244
Why do teenagers have sex?p. 247
When are teenagers meant to have sex?p. 257
Why do teenagers get sexually transmitted diseases?p. 268
Why is teenage pregnancy different?p. 279
Why are teenagers meant to have sex?p. 289
Conclusion: The Long Gamep. 306
Acknowledgementsp. 311
Bibliographyp. 313
Indexp. 345
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