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The Pubertal Development Scale: A Rural and Suburban Comparison


Robertson, Elizabeth B.; Skinner, Martie L.; Love, Margaret M.; Elder, Glen H., Jr.; Conger, Rand D.; Dubas, Judith S.; & Peterson, Ann C. (1992). The Pubertal Development Scale: A Rural and Suburban Comparison. Journal of Early Adolescence, 12(2), 174-186.


Compared means and standard deviations on the Pubertal Development Scale (PDS) across samples of 7th graders from rural Iowa and suburban Chicago who were matched on gender, age, race, and grade in school. Matched samples of boys each comprised 50 Ss; those of girls each comprised 52 Ss. Rural Iowa girls were more advanced on the 5 markers of pubertal development than were suburban Chicago girls. Rural Iowa boys were more advanced than their counterparts in the suburban Chicago sample on 4 of the 5 markers. Psychometric analysis of the 5-item scale suggested adequate internal consistency for boys and girls. The predictive validity of the PDS was satisfactory.


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Journal of Early Adolescence


Robertson, Elizabeth B.
Skinner, Martie L.
Love, Margaret M.
Elder, Glen H., Jr.
Conger, Rand D.
Dubas, Judith S.
Peterson, Ann C.