ERIC Number: ED217991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Pubertal Timing and Personality in Early Adolescent Girls.
Newcombe, Nora; Bandura, Mary M.
The personality correlates of timing of puberty were investigated in this study. Estimates of total body water/body weight (TBW/BW) ratios obtained from the height and weight measurements of 85 sixth-grade girls were the primary measure of pubertal timing. Information on breast development and menarche was also obtained. Measures included scales from the California Personality Inventory (CPI) on five aspects of personality: femininity, dominance, good impression, communality, and flexibility. Measures of masculine and feminine instrumentality and expressivity were the M and F scales of Spence and Helmreich. Additional measures related to sex role were Spence and Helmreich's bipolar M-F scale and ratings on a five-point scale recording whether the girls had ever wanted to be boys. Findings indicate that TBW/BW was related to the CPI femininity scale. Thus, early maturers were more feminine. Because the 38-item femininity scale is a heterogeneous one, the relationship between it and TBW/BW was explored further by correlating TBW/BW with scores on individual items. Four of the 38 relationships were significant. Girls maturing early were more likely than girls maturing later to like the work of a librarian or department store clerk, to prefer reading romances to adventures, and to be irritated at the sight of someone spitting on the sidewalk. TBW/BW ratios were also found to be significantly related to the CPI flexibility scale. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Early Maturation
Note: Paper presented at the Southeastern Conference on Human Development (Baltimore, MD, April 1982).