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Topic: Females who hit puberty early may experience social and/or behavioral issues earlier as researchers were able to link early puberty with an increase in social/behavioral issues, substance abuse, multiple sexual partners, criminal behavior, and problems with family relationships. For a small group of early maturers, some problems still persisted nearly a decade after the start of the adolescent/puberty transition.

  • A recent study was conducted in order to determine whether early puberty has any negative effects on a female adolescent’s overall development. Researchers in the report focused primarily on the social, psychiatric, and criminal outcomes among girls between the ages of 9 and 13. Among 630 girls who were studied in the Great Smoky Mountains region of North Carolina, about 18% of them were defined as “early maturers” (i.e. early versus later onset of puberty). In this population of early maturers, researchers were able to link early puberty with an increase in social/behavioral issues, substance abuse, multiple sexual partners, criminal behavior, and problems with family relationships. However, by the time these girls reached young adulthood, most of these behaviors had decreased. Functioning for these early maturers seemed to improve in some areas but researchers noted that early-maturing girls, especially those with a history of adolescent conduct disorder, seemed to be more likely to be depressed in young adulthood compared to their peers who were their later-maturing counterparts. Researchers of this study noted that, despite dealing with a wide range of issues during adolescence, most early-maturing girls had levels of functioning that were similar to on-time or late-maturing girls by the time they reached young adulthood. However, for a small group of early maturers, some problems still persisted nearly a decade after the start of the adolescent/puberty transition1        

    1 Outcomes of Early Pubertal Timing in Young Women: A Prospective Population-Based Study, The American Journal of Psychiatry, 2010, pp. 1218-1225.

     

 


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