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Title: Is puberty starting earlier in urban South Africa?
Authors: Jones, Laura L.
Griffiths, Paula L.
Norris, Shane A.
Pettifor, John M.
Cameron, Noel
Keywords: Puberty
Pubertal development
Secular trend
South Africa
Birth to twenty
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Citation: JONES, L.L. ... et al, 2009. Is puberty starting earlier in urban South Africa? American Journal of Human Biology, 21 (3), pp.395-397.
Abstract: Age at the initation of pubertal development was estimated for 401 Black (212 boys) and 206 White (100 boys) urban South African adolescents born in Soweto-Johannesburg in 1990. Average age at the initation of puberty, assessed by age at the transition from Tanner stage 1 to Tanner stage 2 for breast/genitalia or pubic hair development ranged between 9.8 and 10.5 years. There were no statistically significant differences in age at initiation between genders or ethnic groups. Age at the initation of pubertal development has remained stable over the last 10 to 15 years, with the exception of pubic hair in boys which has declined on average 1.3 years over a decade. There is evidence to suggest that the tempo of pubertal maturation is increasing in girls born in the Soweto-Johannesburg area, however, the evidence is less clear for boys.
Description: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: JONES, L.L. ... et al, 2009. Is puberty starting earlier in urban South Africa? American Journal of Human Biology, 21 (3), pp.395-397, which has been published in final form at: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/37873/home
Version: Submitted for publication
DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.20868
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/6434
ISSN: 1042-0533
Appears in Collections:Socio-economic status and child/adolescent health in Johannesburg-Soweto Study

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