This week we talked about puberty. I posted some things last year, so I'm trying not to be repetitive but here are some things that we newly discussed or didn't bother to share last year.
There's a good map from an old Steinberg text (I don't have the latest edition so I don't know if it's still in there) showing average age of menarche across countries. But great illustration of cross-national difference in menarche, which led to a good discussion of the reasons why.
We also talked about the time trend in menarche.
Petersen et al.'s (1988) seems to be the most widely used measure. Find it here.
Morris & Udry (1980) have a good example of figure ratings.
And the Tanner Scale, which is often physician assessed.
We discussed Chastiotis et al. (1998), in which they found that mothers' age at menarche was associated with daughters' age in West Germany but not in East Germany during the unification, but were not associated in East Germany. They interpret this finding as due to the fact that in West Germany they experience more continuity in context across generations, whereas in East Germany, there was stress/discontinuity across generations.
And during the break my students showed me relevant youtube videos from helloflo. Both cute, though I laughed harder at this one than at this one.
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