Adrenarche and middle childhood.

  title={Adrenarche and middle childhood.},
  author={Benjamin Campbell},
  journal={Human nature},
  volume={22 3},
Middle childhood, the period from 6 to 12 years of age, is defined socially by increasing autonomy and emotional regulation, somatically by the development of anatomical structures for subsistence, and endocrinologically by adrenarche, the adrenal production of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Here I suggest that DHEA plays a key role in the coordinated development of the brain and body beginning with middle childhood, via energetic allocation. I argue that with adrenarche, increasing levels of… CONTINUE READING

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