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Psychological Evaluation of Young Women after Medical Treatment for Central Precocious Puberty


Baumann, D A; Landolt, Markus A; Wetterwald, R; Dubuis, J M; Sizonenko, P C; Werder, E A (2002). Psychological Evaluation of Young Women after Medical Treatment for Central Precocious Puberty. Hormone Research in Paediatrics, 56(1-2):45-50.

Abstract

Objective: This study aimed at the evaluation of the subjective experience and long-term behavioral and psychological effects of precocious puberty (PP).
Methods: 19 female patients who had been treated with GnRH agonists participated in a semistructured interview and completed two standardized checklists. Their parents completed the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL).
Results: The CBCL yielded significantly elevated Internalizing and Total Behavior Problem scores. An elevated risk was found for patients with short adult stature and a relatively late onset of PP. The latter tended to neuroticism, to accentuation of their physical appearance, and felt significantly more insecure than age-related non-PP girls.
Conclusion: Our findings suggest that PP can lead to specific behavioral problems, and that patients with a risk factor may need psychosocial support.

Abstract

Objective: This study aimed at the evaluation of the subjective experience and long-term behavioral and psychological effects of precocious puberty (PP).
Methods: 19 female patients who had been treated with GnRH agonists participated in a semistructured interview and completed two standardized checklists. Their parents completed the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL).
Results: The CBCL yielded significantly elevated Internalizing and Total Behavior Problem scores. An elevated risk was found for patients with short adult stature and a relatively late onset of PP. The latter tended to neuroticism, to accentuation of their physical appearance, and felt significantly more insecure than age-related non-PP girls.
Conclusion: Our findings suggest that PP can lead to specific behavioral problems, and that patients with a risk factor may need psychosocial support.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Life Sciences > Endocrinology
Language:English
Date:2002
Deposited On:29 May 2019 14:28
Last Modified:31 Jul 2020 03:26
Publisher:Karger
ISSN:1663-2818
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1159/000048089

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