ERIC Number: EJ929082
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 128
Puberty and Its Measurement: A Decade in Review
Dorn, Lorah D.; Biro, Frank M.
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v21 n1 p180-195 Mar 2011
Since the early 1980s, the focus on the importance of puberty to adolescent development has continued with variability in the methodology selected to measure puberty. To capture the relevant and important issues regarding the measurement of puberty in the last decade, this paper will address (1) the neuroendocrine aspects of puberty and its components, as well as the timing of puberty and its tempo; (2) why puberty is measured, including the relevance of puberty and its timing to health and development as well as the relevance of being off-time, that is, early or late with respect to a reference group; (3) the measurement of puberty and its methodology with respect to pubertal staging by physical examination, self-report measures, and their agreement with other methods and measures, hormones and their methods of measurement, and comparison of hormone concentrations to pubertal stage; and (4) recommendations for what is needed in the next decade regarding the measurement of puberty.
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Reference Groups, Physical Examinations, Measurement, Puberty, Physiology, Biochemistry, Health, Measures (Individuals), Self Evaluation (Individuals), Research Needs
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