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Are there short cuts to pubertal assessments? Self-reported and assessed group differences in pubertal development in African adolescents.
J Adolesc Health. 2008 Mar; 42(3):259-65.JA

Abstract

PURPOSE

Self-rating of pubertal development using the Pubertal Development Scale (PDS) is recommended as a noninvasive assessment of puberty in large community-based surveys of adolescent development and behavior. The objective of this study was to assess the reliability of the PDS for the first time among urban, Black South African youth.

METHODS

The concordance between adolescents' self-assessment of sexual maturation using the PDS and those of an expert rating by a trained health professional using the Sexual Maturation Scale (SMS) were determined in a group (n = 182; 49% female) of Black South African youth aged between 10 and 18 years recruited from schools in Soweto, South Africa. Furthermore, the concordance between adolescents' self-assessment of puberty using the PDS and a previously validated self-assessment technique using SMS was also determined in a large group (n = 1388; 53% female) of young adolescents aged 13 years old participating in a birth cohort from Soweto-Johannesburg.

RESULTS

The convergent validity of PDS proved to be poor with several PDS items (facial hair, skin change, and growth) proving unreliable both within the school survey across the different age groups when compared to SMS (kappa coefficient of 0.34 for females and undetermined for males), as well as, within the cohort of 13-year-olds (kappa coefficient of 0.16 for females and 0.19 for males).

CONCLUSIONS

The results suggest that there may be as yet undocumented differences in pubertal manifestations and awareness of these manifestations, especially facial hair and skin change (acne), among urban, Black South African youth that make the PDS self-assessment less reliable as a pubertal assessment tool in multiethnic community-based research.

Authors+Show Affiliations

MRC Mineral Metabolism Research Unit, Department of Paediatrics, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. san@global.co.zaNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18295134

Citation

Norris, Shane A., and Linda M. Richter. "Are There Short Cuts to Pubertal Assessments? Self-reported and Assessed Group Differences in Pubertal Development in African Adolescents." The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, vol. 42, no. 3, 2008, pp. 259-65.
Norris SA, Richter LM. Are there short cuts to pubertal assessments? Self-reported and assessed group differences in pubertal development in African adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2008;42(3):259-65.
Norris, S. A., & Richter, L. M. (2008). Are there short cuts to pubertal assessments? Self-reported and assessed group differences in pubertal development in African adolescents. The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 42(3), 259-65. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2007.08.009
Norris SA, Richter LM. Are There Short Cuts to Pubertal Assessments? Self-reported and Assessed Group Differences in Pubertal Development in African Adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2008;42(3):259-65. PubMed PMID: 18295134.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Are there short cuts to pubertal assessments? Self-reported and assessed group differences in pubertal development in African adolescents. AU - Norris,Shane A, AU - Richter,Linda M, Y1 - 2007/12/21/ PY - 2007/02/05/received PY - 2007/07/01/revised PY - 2007/07/26/accepted PY - 2008/2/26/pubmed PY - 2008/7/12/medline PY - 2008/2/26/entrez SP - 259 EP - 65 JF - The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine JO - J Adolesc Health VL - 42 IS - 3 N2 - PURPOSE: Self-rating of pubertal development using the Pubertal Development Scale (PDS) is recommended as a noninvasive assessment of puberty in large community-based surveys of adolescent development and behavior. The objective of this study was to assess the reliability of the PDS for the first time among urban, Black South African youth. METHODS: The concordance between adolescents' self-assessment of sexual maturation using the PDS and those of an expert rating by a trained health professional using the Sexual Maturation Scale (SMS) were determined in a group (n = 182; 49% female) of Black South African youth aged between 10 and 18 years recruited from schools in Soweto, South Africa. Furthermore, the concordance between adolescents' self-assessment of puberty using the PDS and a previously validated self-assessment technique using SMS was also determined in a large group (n = 1388; 53% female) of young adolescents aged 13 years old participating in a birth cohort from Soweto-Johannesburg. RESULTS: The convergent validity of PDS proved to be poor with several PDS items (facial hair, skin change, and growth) proving unreliable both within the school survey across the different age groups when compared to SMS (kappa coefficient of 0.34 for females and undetermined for males), as well as, within the cohort of 13-year-olds (kappa coefficient of 0.16 for females and 0.19 for males). CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that there may be as yet undocumented differences in pubertal manifestations and awareness of these manifestations, especially facial hair and skin change (acne), among urban, Black South African youth that make the PDS self-assessment less reliable as a pubertal assessment tool in multiethnic community-based research. SN - 1879-1972 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18295134/Are_there_short_cuts_to_pubertal_assessments_Self_reported_and_assessed_group_differences_in_pubertal_development_in_African_adolescents_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1054-139X(07)00339-4 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -