Age of onset of pubertal characteristics in boys aged 6-14 years of the Province of L'Aquila (Abruzzo, Italy).

@article{Simone2004AgeOO,
  title={Age of onset of pubertal characteristics in boys aged 6-14 years of the Province of L'Aquila (Abruzzo, Italy).},
  author={Monica de Simone and Maria Enrica Danubio and Elisa Amicone and Alberto Verrotti and Giorgio Gruppioni and Francesco Vecchi},
  journal={Annals of human biology},
  year={2004},
  volume={31 4},
  pages={488-93}
}
BACKGROUND Previous results on growth patterns of children from central-southern Italy (Abruzzo region) showed an increasing tendency to obesity and suggested that the secular trend was still in progress in this region. However, data on pubertal development was lacking. OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to provide population data on pubertal development in a sample of 535 boys aged 6-14 years as a contribution to the ongoing debate on earlier onset of pubertal traits and on the slowing… CONTINUE READING