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Biological maturation as a confounding factor in the relation between chronological age and health-related quality of life in adolescent females


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Cumming, S. P., Gillison, F. and Sherar, L., 2011. Biological maturation as a confounding factor in the relation between chronological age and health-related quality of life in adolescent females. Quality of Life Research, 20 (2), pp. 237-242.

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Abstract

Purpose: To examine the potential confounding effect of biological maturation on the relations between chronological age and health-related quality of life in adolescent British females. Methods: Biological maturation, chronological age, and health-related quality of life were assessed in 366 British female students in years 7–10 (M = 13.0 years, SD = 0.8). The Kid-Screen 10 was used to assess health-related quality of life. Percentage of predicted adult height attained at measurement was used as an estimate of biological maturation. Results: Pearson product moment correlation demonstrated a statistically significant inverse relation between chronological age and health-related quality of life. This relation was, however, attenuated and non-significant once biological maturation was controlled for. Conclusions: Researchers studying health-related quality of life in youth should consider and/or control for the potential confounding effect of biological maturation.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsCumming, S. P., Gillison, F. and Sherar, L.
DOI10.1007/s11136-010-9743-0
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code20518

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