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Journal of The Korean Society of Maternal and Child Health 2018;22(3):162-171.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21896/jksmch.2018.22.3.162    Published online September 30, 2018.
Depression and Fear about Maturation in Girls with Precocious Puberty and Depression and Anxiety in Their Mothers
Min Ju Lee, Seong Hwan Baek, Sin Ae Park
Department of Pediatrics, Presbyterian Medical Center, Jeonju, Korea
성조숙증 여아의 우울 및 성숙불안과 어머니의 우울 및 불안
이민주, 백성환, 박신애
전주 예수병원 소아청소년과
Correspondence:  Sin Ae Park,
Email: psinai@hanmail.net
This study investigated depression and anxiety in girls with precocious puberty and in their mothers.
This study recruited 75 girls treated with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) and their mothers from October 2017 to April 2018. The girls completed the Korean Children’s Depression Inventory (K- CDI) and Maturity Fear Scale (MFS), and their mothers were surveyed with the Korean Beck Depression Inventory (K-BDI) and Korean Beck Anxiety Inventory (K-BAI).
The K-BDI scores showed statistically significant differences according to girl’s age (p<0.016) and household income (p<0.037). The anxiety scores showed statistically significant differences according to girls’ Body Mass Index (BMI) (p<0.029) and household income (p<0.005). There was a positive correlation between depression in girls and mothers (r=0.264, p<0.050).
Our findings suggest a need for understanding and counseling for depression in both girls’ and their mothers during the process of diagnosis and treatment for precocious puberty.
Key Words: precocious puberty, depression, anxiety, fear
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