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ERIC Number: EJ777130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 36
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Growing up Young: The Relationship between Childhood Stress and Coping with Early Puberty
Pinto, Kristina
Journal of Early Adolescence, v27 n4 p509-544 2007
This article presents findings from a study of the role of prior childhood adversity in the pubertal narratives of 16 African-American and White girls, defining "adversity" as the experience of stressful circumstances (e.g., abandonment, abuse) or psychological states (e.g., depression) that influence the experience of later life events, relationships, and self-perception. A majority of the girls reported such adversity, explaining that it either trivialized the problems typically ascribed to early puberty or demanded early maturity, particularly adult female roles, which consequently affected their adjustment to early pubescence. The author discusses the implications of childhood adversity for the salience of early puberty, examining the ways these identity features intersect to blur the staging of girls' development by producing multiple crossings into adulthood. Appended is: (1) Interview Protocol. (Contains 1 table and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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