Priyanka Sahay, Dr. M.E. Patlia


In this pre experimental design, sample consisted of 20 school girls, selected by Non probability Purposive sampling technique. Self structure questionnaire tools was used for assessing the knowledge of school girls. Pre test was conducted by using the same structured questionnaire and after 15 days post test was conducted using the same structured questionnaire for assessing the effectiveness of planned teaching programme. Mean percentage of the knowledge score of post test21.03 was higher than  pre test 23.05 The ‘t’ value for total pre test and post test was 15.09.The data was analyzed in terms of descriptive and inferential statistics.

Adolescence is one of the most fascinating and complex transitions in the life span. Its breathtaking pace of growth and change is second only to that of infancy. Biological processes drive many aspects of this growth and development, with the onset of puberty marking the passage from childhood to adolescence. Puberty is a transitional period between childhood and adulthood, during which a growth spurt occurs, secondary sexual characteristics appear, fertility is achieved, and profound psychological changes take place.

Although the sequence of pubertal changes is relatively predictable, their timing is extremely variable. The normal range of onset is ages 8 to 14 in females and ages 9 to 15 in males, with girls generally experiencing physiological growth characteristic of the onset of puberty two years before boys. Pubertal maturation is controlled largely by complex interactions among the brain, the pituitary gland, and the gonads, which in turn interact with environment (i.e., the social, cultural, and ambient environment). A relatively new area of research related to puberty is that of brain development. Evidence now suggests that brain growth continues into adolescence, including the proliferation of the support cells, which nourish the neurons, and myelination, which permits faster neural processing. These changes in the brain are likely to stimulate cognitive growth and development, including the capacity for abstract reasoning.

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