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Assessing pubertal status in multi-ethnic primary schoolchildren.

Lum, S; Bountziouka, V; Harding, S; Wade, A; Lee, S; Stocks, J; (2015) Assessing pubertal status in multi-ethnic primary schoolchildren. Acta Paediatr , 104 (1) e45 - e48. 10.1111/apa.12850. Green open access

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Abstract

Pubertal status is related to childhood growth and independently associated with health outcomes such as lung function, blood pressure and mental health [1]. However, self-assessment of pubertal status is difficult in young children as relevant questions may either be too difficult for young children, especially boys, to answer reliably or perceived to be culturally inappropriate [1-5]. This is especially true for overweight children [6]. The Size and Lung function In Children (SLIC) study was designed to explore ethnic differences in lung function and body physique in a multi-ethnic population of London schoolchildren [7]. As part of this study, we collected both self-reports and parental reports of pubertal status in children aged eight to 11 years, both to investigate the feasibility of assessing the attainment of secondary sex characteristics, as a proxy for pubertal status in this population, and to explore any ethnic differences in rates of pubertal attainment.

Type: Article
Title: Assessing pubertal status in multi-ethnic primary schoolchildren.
Location: Norway
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/apa.12850
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/apa.12850
Language: English
Additional information: ©2014 The Authors. Acta Pædiatrica published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Foundation Acta Pædiatrica This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Dept
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1456104
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