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      The Transition from Adolescence to Adult Life: Physiology of the ‘Transition’ Phase and Its Evolutionary Basis

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          The human life span is comprised of several life phases, each characterized by its own physiology. These phases (pre-natal, neonatal, infancy, childhood, juvenile, puberty, adolescence, prime and senescence) are important for the development of many biological and psychological processes. The ‘transition’ from adolescence to adult life in the human is a lengthy process in comparison with other species, and its evolutionary development has been long and complex. In this article, the characteristic features of this transition will be discussed, as well as the theory that the transition from adolescence to adult life should be considered as a life phase in its own right.

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          Journal
          HRE
          Horm Res Paediatr
          10.1159/issn.1663-2818
          Hormone Research in Paediatrics
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-7609-3
          978-3-318-00998-9
          1663-2818
          1663-2826
          2003
          July 2003
          17 November 2004
          : 60
          : Suppl 1
          : 74-77
          Affiliations
          aLucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, Palo Alto; bStanford University, Stanford, Calif., and cOregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oreg., USA
          Article
          71230 Horm Res 2003;60(suppl 1):74–77
          10.1159/000071230
          12955022
          © 2003 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Tables: 3, References: 6, Pages: 4
          Categories
          Transition from Adolescence to Adult Life

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