Question Time: Puberty
Recent studies have found that puberty is occurring much earlier today than in preceding generations. What are the causes of this accelerated path to maturity? How are we educating children about puberty – and how well are schools, parents and carers equipped to help children cross this vital bridge to adulthood?
Host Madeleine Morris is joined by Amanda Dunn, journalist and author of The New Puberty; adolescent psychologist and author Michael Carr-Gregg; and Benjamin Law, whose recent Quarterly Essay, Moral Panic 101, delved into the bruising ideological fight over Australia’s Safe Schools programme. They discuss what to expect, and how to survive puberty today.
Madeleine Morris is a Melbourne-based reporter for ABC television’s 7.30. She was formerly a presenter for the BBC in London and reported from dozens of countries before returning to her native Australia. She is the author of Guilt-Free Bottle-Feeding: Why Your Formula-Fed Baby Can Grow Up To Be Happy, Healthy and Smart, published by Finch.
Amanda Dunn is the politics and society editor for the Conversation. Prior to that, she was a reporter and editor with the Age for 16 years. She is the author of The New Puberty, released 2017.
Benjamin Law writes books, TV screenplays, columns, essays and feature journalism. He’s the author of the memoir The Family Law (2010), the travel book Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) – both nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards – and the Quarterly Essay on Safe Schools, Moral Panic 101 (2017).
He also created and co-wrote three seasons of the award-winning SBS TV series The Family Law, and his sold-out debut play Torch the Place (Melbourne Theatre Company) ran February–March 2020.
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg works as a nationally registered child and adolescent psychologist who is passionate about delivering evidence based psychology workshops and seminars that make a difference to the health and well-being of young people.