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Timing of puberty and female identity development as related to stress and adult health status in women

Document type: Projects: In progress/completed
Document language: English
Uploaded By: Karl Gauffin (kgauf)
Date Uploaded: 2012/02/14 11:07:24.010 GMT+1
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Authors: Ulf Lundberg, Christin Mellner and Gunilla Krantz
Funding source project: The Swedish Research Council

The aim of this project "Timing of puberty and female identity development as related to stress and adult health status in women" is to investigate gender related mechanisms of importance for women's symptoms in a developmental perspective. More specifically, the timing of puberty and female identity development will be related to stress and adult health in women. data will be used from the longitudinal research program 'Individual Development and Adjustment' (IDA) where data have been collected for more than thirty years regarding biological, psychological and social aspects of individual development and functioning.

Timing of menarche and self-reported female identity in adolescence will be related to self-rated and objective levels of stress (cortisol, catecholamines) and health (data from medical examinations). The participants comprise 682 women, from which data have been collected at the ages of 13, 27 and 43 years.

A holistic, interactionistic perspective has been the theoretical foundation within IDA-program since its beginning. In this study this is linked to the stress hypothesis. the traditional variable-oriented technique will be complemented with person-oriented methods, by which data for single variables forms the basis for studying the development of female identidy, adult health and stress in terms of patterns of relevant factors that are characteristic for individuals with similar values of the included values. Variable-oriented methods will be used to identify operating factors and how these are related to each other. Person-oriented methods will then be used to study how these operating factors cluster together in terms of different value profiles for different individuals. This unique data set is a prerequisite for such a study.

Riche Classification

Demography: Female , Older child (secondary school: broadly 11-16 years) , Adolescent (under 18 years) ,
Health issues, determinants and measures: Fertility , Female hormones , Puberty , Morbidity , Mental and behavioural disorders ,
Languages and Geographical Perspective: Sweden ,
Study type / scale / state of progress / setting: Longitudinal study - cohort, trend, panel ,