Timing of menarche and depressive symptoms in adolescent girls from a UK cohort

CJ Joinson, J Heron, G Lewis, T Croudace, R Araya

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: A growing number of studies suggest a link between timing of menarche and risk of depressive symptoms in adolescence, but few have prospectively examined the emergence of depressive symptoms from late childhood into adolescence.AIMS: To examine whether girls who experience earlier menarche than their peers have higher levels of depressive symptoms in adolescence. METHOD: The study sample comprised 2184 girls from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. The association between timing of menarche and depressive symptoms at 10.5, 13 and 14 years was examined within a structural equation model. RESULTS: Girls with early menarche (
Translated title of the contributionTiming of menarche and depressive symptoms in adolescent girls from a UK cohort
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17 - 23
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Volume198
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

Bibliographical note

Author of Publication Reviewed: Carol Joinson, Jon Heron, Glyn Lewis, Tim Croudace and Ricardo Araya

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