Biological maturation as a confounding factor in the relation between chronological age and health-related quality of life in adolescent females

Abstract

To examine the potential confounding effect of biological maturation on the relations between chronological age and health-related quality of life in adolescent British females. Biological maturation, chronological age, and health-related quality of life were assessed in 366 British female students in years 7–10 (M = 13.0 years, SD = 0.8). The Kid-Screen 10 was used to assess health-related quality of life. Percentage of predicted adult height attained at measurement was used as an estimate of biological maturation. Pearson product moment correlation demonstrated a statistically significant inverse relation between chronological age and health-related quality of life. This relation was, however, attenuated and non-significant once biological maturation was controlled for. Researchers studying health-related quality of life in youth should consider and/or control for the potential confounding effect of biological maturation.

DOI: 10.1007/s11136-010-9743-0

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@article{Cumming2010BiologicalMA, title={Biological maturation as a confounding factor in the relation between chronological age and health-related quality of life in adolescent females}, author={Sean P. Cumming and Fiona Gillison and Lauren B Sherar}, journal={Quality of Life Research}, year={2010}, volume={20}, pages={237-242} }