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06 September 2011

Faster progress through puberty linked to behaviour problems

Children who go through puberty at a faster rate are more likely to act out and to suffer from anxiety and depression.

Children who go through puberty at a faster rate are more likely to act out and to suffer from anxiety and depression, according to a study by researchers at Penn State, Duke University and the University of California in the US. The results suggest that primary care providers, teachers and parents should look not only at the timing of puberty in relation to kids' behaviour problems, but also at the tempo of puberty - how fast or slow kids go through puberty.

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