THE JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Volume 41 March, 1950 Number 3 PHYSICAL MATURING AMONG BOYS AS RELATED TO BEHAVIOR MARY COVER JONES and NANCY BAYLEY
Those who are physically accelerated are usually accepted and treated by adults and other children as more mature. They appear to have relatively little need to strive for status. From their ranks come the outstanding student body leaders in senior high school. In contrast, the physically retarded boys exhibit many forms of relatively immature behavior: this may be in part because- others tend to treat them as the little boys they appear to be. Furthermore, a fair proportion of these boys give evidence of needing to counteract their physical disadvantage in some way—usually by greater activity and striving for attention, although in some cases by withdrawal.