alexa Detrimental Psychological Outcomes Associated with Early Pubertal Timing in Adolescent Girls
Reproductive Medicine

Reproductive Medicine

Clinics in Mother and Child Health

Author(s): Jane Mendle, Eric Turkheimer, Robert E Emery

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Though often discussed as though it were a discrete event, puberty comprises one segment of a larger developmental continuum and is notable for rapid transformation across a multitude of domains. Research suggests that an earlier rate of pubertal maturation in girls correlates with a number of detrimental outcomes compared with on-time or later maturation. The present review synthesizes the research on negative psychological sequelae of early pubertal timing in adolescent girls. Emphasis is on three theoretical perspectives by which precocious development is believed to affect the emergence of adverse outcomes: biological, psychosocial, and selection effects.

This article was published in Dev Rev and referenced in Clinics in Mother and Child Health

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