Height-based Indices of pubertal Timing in Male Adolescents

Ammar Khairullah, Margaret T May, Kate M Tilling, Laura D Howe, Gabriel Leonard, Michel Perron, Louis Richer, Suzanne Villette, Zdenka Pausova, Tomas Paus

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It is important to account for timing of puberty when studying the adolescent brain and cognition. The use of classical methods for assessing pubertal status may not be feasible in some studies, especially in male adolescents. Using data from a sample of 478 males from a longitudinal birth cohort, we describe the calculations of three independent height-based markers of pubertal timing: Age at Peak Height Velocity (APHV), Height Difference in Standard Deviations (HDSDS), and Percent Achieved of Adult Stature (PAAS). These markers correlate well with each other. In a separate cross-sectional study, we show that the PAAS marker correlates well with testosterone levels and self-reported pubertal-stage scores. We conclude by discussing key considerations for investigators when drawing upon these methods of assessing pubertal timing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-116
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Develepment Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2013


  • Males
  • height
  • pubertal timing
  • Saguenay Youth Study
  • testosterone


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