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Childhood experience and the onset of menarche: a test of a sociobiological model.

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Moffitt, TE; Caspi, A; Belsky, J; Silva, PA
Published in: Child development
February 1992

We tested predictions about psychosocial factors in the onset of menarche using data from a longitudinal study of 16-year-old girls. Belsky, Steinberg, and Draper have proposed a model that seeks to explain individual differences in maturational timing in terms of stressful childhood experiences. Their model hypothesizes that (1) individuals who grow up under conditions of family stress (2) experience behavioral and psychological problems which (3) provoke earlier reproductive readiness. In this study, the effect of family stressors on menarche was mediated by neither behavior problems nor weight, contrary to the predictions. However, the most provocative proposition advanced by Belsky et al. received empirical support. Family conflict and father absence in childhood predicted an earlier age of menarche, and these factors in combination with weight showed some evidence of an additive influence on menarche. A genetic inheritance model may provide a more parsimonious account of these data than does a conditional adaptation model derived from sociobiology.

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Published In

Child development

DOI

EISSN

1467-8624

ISSN

0009-3920

Publication Date

February 1992

Volume

63

Issue

1

Start / End Page

47 / 58

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Environment
  • Social Behavior
  • Sexual Maturation
  • New Zealand
  • Menarche
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Life Change Events
  • Internal-External Control
  • Humans
  • Female
 

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Moffitt, T. E., Caspi, A., Belsky, J., & Silva, P. A. (1992). Childhood experience and the onset of menarche: a test of a sociobiological model. Child Development, 63(1), 47–58. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.1992.tb03594.x
Moffitt, T. E., A. Caspi, J. Belsky, and P. A. Silva. “Childhood experience and the onset of menarche: a test of a sociobiological model.Child Development 63, no. 1 (February 1992): 47–58. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.1992.tb03594.x.
Moffitt TE, Caspi A, Belsky J, Silva PA. Childhood experience and the onset of menarche: a test of a sociobiological model. Child development. 1992 Feb;63(1):47–58.
Moffitt, T. E., et al. “Childhood experience and the onset of menarche: a test of a sociobiological model.Child Development, vol. 63, no. 1, Feb. 1992, pp. 47–58. Epmc, doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.1992.tb03594.x.
Moffitt TE, Caspi A, Belsky J, Silva PA. Childhood experience and the onset of menarche: a test of a sociobiological model. Child development. 1992 Feb;63(1):47–58.
Journal cover image

Published In

Child development

DOI

EISSN

1467-8624

ISSN

0009-3920

Publication Date

February 1992

Volume

63

Issue

1

Start / End Page

47 / 58

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Environment
  • Social Behavior
  • Sexual Maturation
  • New Zealand
  • Menarche
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Life Change Events
  • Internal-External Control
  • Humans
  • Female