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A critical review of the empirical literature on the relation between anxiety and puberty.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19019513     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The current paper critically reviews the empirical literature focused on the association between puberty and anxiety. A detailed review of more than 45 empirical articles is provided. There is some evidence that among girls, but not boys, a more advanced pubertal status (controlling for age) is associated with higher reported anxiety symptoms. Also among girls, earlier pubertal timing is linked to higher anxiety scores. It is unclear whether early puberty may lead to increased anxiety or if high anxiety influences pubertal timing. With respect to hormones, there were relatively few significant associations for girls, although this literature is very small. Among boys, several studies reported positive associations between both gonadal and adrenal hormones and anxiety. The direction of effect for these finding is also unstudied. The primary limitation of the hormone-anxiety literature pertains to the absence of pubertal measures in samples of youth in which hormones are measured. The paper concludes with a comprehensive examination of the methodological strengths and weaknesses of the literature and recommendations for future work.
Laura E Reardon; Ellen W Leen-Feldner; Chris Hayward
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2008-09-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical psychology review     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1873-7811     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Psychol Rev     Publication Date:  2009 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-22     Completed Date:  2009-03-17     Revised Date:  2013-06-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8111117     Medline TA:  Clin Psychol Rev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety Disorders / psychology*
Depressive Disorder / psychology*
Interpersonal Relations
Panic Disorder / psychology*
Puberty / psychology*
Grant Support
R03 MH077692-02/MH/NIMH NIH HHS

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