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It is unclear whether pubertal status or timing of puberty explains the increase in depressive symptoms in girls during adolescence. Method: This is a longitudinal study based on 2506 girls from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC). Self-reported depressive symptoms at 10.5, 13 and 14 years were assessed using the Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (SMFQ). Pubertal status (Tanner breast and pubic hair stage) and timing of menarche were derived from questionnaires administered from age 8 to 14 years. We used multivariable regression models to examine the relative contributions of pubertal status and timing in accounting for increases in level of depressive symptoms at 14 years.
|Translated title of the contribution||Association between pubertal development and depressive symptoms in girls from a UK cohort|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2012|
Bibliographical noteAuthor of Publication Reviewed: Carol Joinson, Jon Heron, Ricardo Araya, Tomas Paus, Tim Croudace, Carol Rubin, Michele Marcus, Glyn Lewis
Publisher: Cambridge Journals
Other: In press