Study: No long-term risk in girls' early puberty

June 3, 2010 2:19:53 PM PDT
We've heard so much about how girls are now reaching puberty at an early age. But a new study finds, contrary to popular belief, most girls who start developing a year or two before their classmates don't face any more long-term problems than their peers.

However, scientists did find depression may be somewhat more likely among such girls. In fact, in a small group of these girls, early maturers were 3 times more likely to be depressed as young adults.

Scientists reporting in the American Journal of Psychiatry say the findings offer opportunities for identifying and helping these girls.