ERIC Number: EJ794403
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
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Self-Rated Pubertal Development, Depressive Symptoms and Delinquency: Measurement Issues and Moderation by Gender and Maltreatment
Negriff, Sonya; Fung, Michelle T.; Trickett, Penelope K.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v37 n6 p736-746 Jul 2008
This cross-sectional study examined relationships between pubertal development, depressive symptoms and delinquency in a sample of 241 males and 213 females aged 9-13 years. Four objectives were set forth for this study: (1) to examine relationships between pubertal stage or timing and depressive symptoms and delinquency; (2) to compare continuous and categorical measures of pubertal timing; (3) to examine gender as a moderator of these relationships, and (4) to examine maltreatment as a moderator of these relationships. Results indicated that mature pubertal stage and early (continuous) pubertal timing were both related to higher delinquency whereas only early pubertal timing was related to depressive symptoms. Categorical timing was not related to depressive symptoms or delinquency. Neither gender nor maltreatment were found to be moderators. These findings provide evidence against equating pubertal stage, continuous timing, and categorical timing, and highlight the need to identify possible moderators in research on pubertal development.
Descriptors: Delinquency, Puberty, Depression (Psychology), Case Studies, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Gender Differences, Child Abuse, Developmental Stages
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