PUBERTAL TIMING, BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH IN ADOLESCENCE

Grant number: 1082668 | Funding period: 2015 - 2020

Completed

Abstract

Early timing of puberty is known to be associated with future mental health problems. This study aims to investigate whether children who go through adrenarche (an earlier phase of maturation) early are at risk for poor mental health during adolescence, and whether abnormal brain development is responsible for linking early adrenarche and mental health outcomes. The results of this research will have implications for the early detection of children at risk for mental health problems.