The word “adolescent” is derived from the Latin word ‘adoloscere’ which means “to grow”. Adolescence is a stormy period of rapid growth between ages 9 and 19 years. It is characterized by a rapid physical, reproductive, intellectual and psychosocial growth of an individual. Through such holistic development, a dependent child metamorphoses into an independent adult having his own identity and functional maturity. He thus becomes able to lead a productive life and contribute to the society.
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