The relationship, which Gibson said led to kissing, but no further sexual contact, petered out after two or three months and Gibson went away to college.
She and Moore, Gibson says, were on good terms and kept in touch over the years, even exchanging Christmas cards.
Physical growth (particularly in males), and cognitive development can extend into the early twenties.
Thus age provides only a rough marker of adolescence, and scholars have found it difficult to agree upon a precise definition of adolescence.
Giving the handwriting similarities further credence, the first reported, early last month, Gibson’s account of her relationship with Moore, which she says began after he came to speak to her high school civics class in 1981.Hearing Moore’s pursuit of other even younger women irked Gibson though and when she shared her story of what she says was an open, public relationship at the time, Moore’s blanket disavowal of their romance angered her. “Roy Moore made an egregious mistake to attack that one thing—my integrity.” On a page titled “the best times,” she had written: “Wednesday night, 3-4-81. I had a great time.” She had underlined “great” twice.for sharp, distinctive coverage of the latest developments in politics and culture. Our work is more urgent than ever and is reaching more readers—but online advertising revenues don’t fully cover our costs, and we don’t have print subscribers to help keep us afloat. In studying adolescent development, adolescence can be defined biologically, as the physical transition marked by the onset of puberty and the termination of physical growth; cognitively, as changes in the ability to think abstractly and multi-dimensionally; or socially, as a period of preparation for adult roles.Major pubertal and biological changes include changes to the sex organs, height, weight, and muscle mass, as well as major changes in brain structure and organization.For example, researchers in neuroscience or bio-behavioral health might focus on pubertal changes in brain structure and its effects on cognition or social relations.Sociologists interested in adolescence might focus on the acquisition of social roles (e.g., worker or romantic partner) and how this varies across cultures or social conditions.Such milestones include driving a vehicle, having legal sexual relations, serving in the armed forces or on a jury, purchasing and drinking alcohol, voting, entering into contracts, finishing certain levels of education, and marriage.Adolescence is usually accompanied by an increased independence allowed by the parents or legal guardians, including less supervision as compared to preadolescence.Gibson, who is now 54, told her story to the last month, but says she has since found an old scrapbook that includes a handwritten graduation card she says is from Moore, along with other diary-like notes about her dates with the then-34-year-old.“Happy graduation Debbie,” [the card] read in slanted cursive handwriting. I know that you’ll be a success in anything you do.