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Title: Biological maturation as a confounding factor in the relation between chronological age and health-related quality of life in adolescent females
Authors: Cumming, Sean P.
Gillison, Fiona B.
Sherar, Lauren B.
Keywords: Growth
Maturation
Age
Girls
Health-related quality of life
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © Springer
Citation: CUMMING, S., GILLISON, F. and SHERAR, L., 2011. Biological maturation as a confounding factor in the relation between chronological age and health-related quality of life in adolescent females. Quality of Life Research, 20 (2), pp.237-242.
Abstract: PURPOSE. To examine the potential confounding effect of biological maturation on the relations between chronological age and health-related quality of life in adolescent British females. METHODS. Biological maturation, chronological age, and health-related quality of life were assessed in 366 British female students in years 7-10 (M = 13.0 years, SD = 0.8). The Kid-Screen 10 was used to assess health-related quality of life. Percentage of predicted adult height attained at measurement was used as an estimate of biological maturation. RESULTS. Pearson product moment correlation demonstrated a statistically significant inverse relation between chronological age and health-related quality of life. This relation was, however, attenuated and non-significant once biological maturation was controlled for. CONCLUSIONS. Researchers studying health-related quality of life in youth should consider and/or control for the potential confounding effect of biological maturation.
Description: The final publication is available at Springer via: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11136-010-9743-0.
Sponsor: This research was supported by Grant #SG- 46063 from The British Academy, entitled ‘Relations Between Biological Maturation, Exercise Behavior, and Psychological Health in British Adolescents’.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1007/s11136-010-9743-0
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22568
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11136-010-9743-0
ISSN: 0962-9343
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