How Absent Fathers May Drive Early Onset of Puberty in Girls?

Dr. Regina Rei Lamourelle with Julianna Deardoff and Amy McCready

The generally accepted indicator of early puberty in girls is the onset of a menstrual cycles before age twelve. However we are now seeing cases of breast and pubic hair development as early as age seven. So what constitutes early puberty is now under debate and researchers are seeking to understand what’s driving this phenomenon? One surprise suspect is the absence of a father in the home. Learn more.
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May 8, 2009
Episode Guests
Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., is assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Deardorff’s research focuses on risk factors for girls’ early pubertal timing and subsequent poor outcomes. Amy McCready is the founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and mom to two boys. She reaches a worldwide audience with her online parenting education programs that empower parents of toddlers to teens with the skills to correct misbehavior without nagging, reminding, or yelling.
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