Idiopathic precocious puberty in girls: long-term effects on adolescent behavior

Acta Endocrinol Suppl (Copenh). 1986;279:247-53. doi: 10.1530/acta.0.112s247.


Precocious puberty in girls has endocrinological as well as behavioral implications. We present data from a first systematic controlled follow-up study of 16 adolescent girls with a history of idiopathic precocious puberty (IPP) compared to closely pair-matched adolescent control subjects of comparable pubertal status and normal pubertal history. Findings in four areas of behavior are reported: Psychiatric sequelae: the IPP sample showed an increase in minor psychopathological symptoms. Psychosexual development: The IPP sample was advanced in sociosexual milestones, albeit mostly within the normal range for adolescents. Intelligence: IQ was not different from controls. However, school achievement was accelerated during childhood. Cognitive pattern: The IPP sample had lower spatial perception scores than controls.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Adult
  • Cognition
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Intelligence
  • Psychosexual Development
  • Puberty, Precocious / psychology*