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Adolescent Fact file

Stage: Adolescent
Age range: 13-18 years
Independence: Western teenagers are quite independent, but they still need their parents to house and feed them - and pay all their bills!

Abilities: Adolescents learn more at school, they may have an after-school job, or learn to drive.

Need to know: Teenage boys grow in spurts, but not just upwards - growth occurs first in the hands and feet, then the legs and arms, the body, and finally the head. These different phases of growth mean that teenage boys often look long and lanky!

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