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The period of childhood just before the onset of puberty, often designated as between the ages of 10 and 12 in girls and 11 and 13 in boys.

pre′ad·o·les′cent adj. & n.
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the period of life prior to or leading up to adolescence; childhood, the preadolescent stage
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(ˌpri æd lˈɛs əns)

the period preceding adolescence, usu. designated as the years from 10 to 13.
pre`ad•o•les′cent, adj., n.
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Development of depression from preadolescence to young adulthood: Emerging gender differences in a 10-year longitudinal study.
Data from these studies suggest the importance of studying bullying/cyberbullying in preadolescence in more depth.