Family structure and age at menarche: a children-of-twins approach.

  title={Family structure and age at menarche: a children-of-twins approach.},
  author={Jane E Mendle and Eric Turkheimer and Brian M D'Onofrio and Stacy K Lynch and Robert E. Emery and Wendy S. Slutske and Nicholas G. Martin},
  journal={Developmental psychology},
  volume={42 3},
Girls who grow up in households with an unrelated adult male reach menarche earlier than peers, a finding hypothesized to be an evolutionary strategy for families under stress. The authors tested the alternative hypothesis that nonrandom selection into stepfathering due to shared environmental and/or genetic predispositions creates a spurious relation between stepfathering and early menarche. Using the unique controls for genetic and shared environmental experiences offered by the children-of… CONTINUE READING
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