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ERIC Number: EJ976045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2891
Genetic and Environmental Influences on the Association between Pubertal Maturation and Internalizing Symptoms
Marceau, Kristine; Neiderhiser, Jenae M.; Lichtenstein, Paul; Reiss, David
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v41 n9 p1111-1126 Sep 2012
The literature consistently shows an association between pubertal maturation and internalizing problems in girls. The association for boys is less clear. The present study examines genetic and environmental influences on the association between pubertal maturation and internalizing problems for boys and girls in two primarily Caucasian adolescent twin/sibling studies: The Swedish Twin study of CHild and Adolescent Development (706 same-sex twin pairs aged 13-14, M = 13.7 years, 50% female), and the Nonshared Environment in Adolescent Development sample (US-based, 687 same-sex twin/sibling pairs aged 10-18, M = 13.6 years, 47% female). For girls, more advanced pubertal maturation was associated modestly with more internalizing problems, and that association was entirely explained by shared environmental influences. For boys, the association between pubertal maturation and internalizing problems was weak and inconsistent. Results for girls were remarkably consistent across samples. Findings suggest that nongenetic mechanisms mediate the association between pubertal maturation and internalizing problems. Findings have implications for intervention such that environmental influences shared by twins/siblings may provide the best targets for intervention strategies designed to minimize the potential negative effects of pubertal maturation on internalizing symptoms in girls.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden