Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 117–133

A self-report measure of pubertal status: Reliability, validity, and initial norms

  • Anne C. Petersen
  • Lisa Crockett
  • Maryse Richards
  • Andrew Boxer

DOI: 10.1007/BF01537962

Cite this article as:
Petersen, A.C., Crockett, L., Richards, M. et al. J Youth Adolescence (1988) 17: 117. doi:10.1007/BF01537962


Puberty is a central process in the complex set of changes that constitutes the transition from childhood to adolescence. Research on the role of pubertal change in this transition has been impeded by the difficulty of assessing puberty in ways acceptable to young adolescents and others involved. Addressing this problem, this paper describes and presents norms for a selfreport measure of pubertal status. The measure was used twice annually over a period of three years in a longitudinal study of 335 young adolescent boys and girls. Data on a longitudinal subsample of 253 subjects are reported. The scale shows good reliability, as indicated by coefficient alpha. In addition, several sources of data suggest that these reports are valid. The availability of such a measure is important for studies, such as those based in schools, in which more direct measures of puberty may not be possible.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne C. Petersen
    • 1
  • Lisa Crockett
    • 2
  • Maryse Richards
    • 3
  • Andrew Boxer
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.College of Health and Human DevelopmentThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park
  2. 2.Department of Mental HygieneJohns Hopkins UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Loyola UniversityUSA
  4. 4.University of ChicagoUSA
  5. 5.Michael Reese Hospital and Medical CenterUSA