Women's menarche stories from a multicultural sample.

  title={Women's menarche stories from a multicultural sample.},
  author={Ayse K Uskul},
  journal={Social science \& medicine},
  volume={59 4},
  • Ayse K Uskul
  • Published 1 August 2004
  • Psychology
  • Social science & medicine

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