Stress may trigger early puberty

A prospective study conducted by researchers at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne found that among nearly 3500 children, 16% of girls and 6% of boys had reached puberty by the age of 8—9 years, according to parental report.

They showed that children who reached puberty early had poorer psychosocial adjustment compared to those who did not reach puberty early, with emotional problems making a significant contribution.

The emotional and psychosocial difficulties in those who