The critical need to assess pubertal development in studies of child and adolescent psychopathology
Kelly L. Klump
Nearly all developmental studies of youth psychopathology assess the effects of age on risk factor-youth outcomes, yet very few examine the effects of pubertal development on developmental trajectories. Growing evidence underscores the importance of both stages of puberty (adrenarche and gonadarche) in risk for psychopathology and the need to consider these developmental stages as predictors and moderators of mental health outcomes and trajectories. The purpose of this Editorial is to provide examples of this evidence and highlight gaps in our literature base as well as opportunities for future research.
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Dr. Kelly Klump is a Specialist Subject Editor for JCPP, her full profile can be found here.