Coming of age too early: pubertal influences on girls' vulnerability to psychological distress.

@article{Ge1996ComingOA,
  title={Coming of age too early: pubertal influences on girls' vulnerability to psychological distress.},
  author={Xiaojia Ge and Rand D. Conger and Glen H. Elder},
  journal={Child development},
  year={1996},
  volume={67 6},
  pages={3386-400}
}
This 4-year longitudinal study investigates 3 hypothesized effects of the pubertal transition on the psychological distress of adolescent girls (N = ca. 200): early maturation, the impact of heterosexual versus same-sex friends, and prepubertal vulnerabilities, such as early emotional distress and father hostility. Building on Caspi and Moffitt's study of girls' delinquency, this study found that early maturing girls experienced significantly higher levels of psychological distress compared to… CONTINUE READING

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