Master of Science (MS)
First Advisor's Name
Wendy K. Silverman
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
William M. Kurtines
Third Advisor's Name
Jonathan G. Tubman
Date of Defense
Empirical research has shown that pubertal development is closely linked with adolescent externalizing (e.g., aggressive) and internalizing (e.g., anxiety) problems. In most studies, pubertal timing, pubertal status, or both, are used to examine this link. The present study adds to the existing literature by examining the link between puberty and adolescent behavior problems in a sample of predominantly urban African American adolescent girls. One hundred and seventeen adolescent girls of color, aged 11-18 (M = 14.72 SD = 1.44), and their primary caregiver participated in this study. Sixty-eight percent were African American, 22.2 % were Hispanic/Latina, and 9.4% were Haitian. Among the Hispanic/Latina girls, 9.4% were Black Hispanic/Latina. Results showed that pubertal status and perceived pubertal timing (breasts) are better predictors of externalizing behavior problems than chronological age and quality of relationship with peers. No significant findings were found with anxious/depressed symptoms.
Carter, Rona, "Effects of pubertal status and timing on externalizing behavior problems and anxious/depressed symptoms in a sample of adolescent girls of color" (2004). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2021.
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