THE image of the testosterone-fueled teenage boy is a familiar one. But are boys that age really defined primarily by their sexual urges? Or does the stereotype fall short, telling us less about teenage males and more about a culture that seems to have consistently low expectations of its boys? A new report in The Journal of Adolescence this month suggests that when it comes to sex, girls and dating, boys are more complex than we typically give them credit for. Psychology researchers from the State University of New York at Oswego recently examined data collected from 10th-grade boys, average age 16, who answered questions about a number of health behaviors.
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Do you know what teenage boys are thinking? For the girl wondering what is going on inside a teenage boy's mind the answer is far more complex than she might suspect. It's disingenuous to say boys only think about one thing: sex and that's it. It's a discredit to teenage boys and to society as a whole. Girls may rely on stereotypes and pop culture descriptions that show teenage boys as moonfaced with sex to the point that they have no interest in anything that isn't directly related to sex.
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Learn about our expanded patient care options for your health care needs. The teenage years are also called adolescence. During this time, teens will see the greatest amount of growth in height and weight. Adolescence is a time for growth spurts and puberty changes.