A Note on the Female Adolescent's Psychological Reactions to Breast Development

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Abstract

We review the literature on adolescent breast development, including the physiological sequence of normal female adolescent breast development, and the psychological responses to such development of the adolescent, her family, and her peers. Breast development is a line of developmental growth neglected by psychiatrists, pediatricians, and other health professionals. It is critical that those dealing with adolescents both note and discuss with the female her feelings about her physical development in relationship to herself, her peers (male and female), and her family.

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