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Evaluation of self-assessment of pubertal maturation in boys and girls using drawings and orchidometer.

Rollof, Lena and Elfving, Maria LU (2012) In Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism 25(1-2). p.125-129
Abstract
BACKGROUND:

Self-assessment of puberty has been reported to correlate well with staging by a physician. No previous study has evaluated the use of an orchidometer to assess testicular size in boys.



STUDY DESIGN:

This study included 44 girls and 56 boys, 10-16 years old, with assessed Tanner staging. The boys also used an orchidometer. The correlation with a professional's staging was analyzed using percentage agreement (PA).



RESULTS:

For girls, the PA for breast development was 52%, and for pubic hair, 64%. There was no case of the difference being greater than one stage. For boys, the PA for pubic hair was 75%. For testicular volume, the PA was 36%; in 95%, the difference... (More)
BACKGROUND:

Self-assessment of puberty has been reported to correlate well with staging by a physician. No previous study has evaluated the use of an orchidometer to assess testicular size in boys.



STUDY DESIGN:

This study included 44 girls and 56 boys, 10-16 years old, with assessed Tanner staging. The boys also used an orchidometer. The correlation with a professional's staging was analyzed using percentage agreement (PA).



RESULTS:

For girls, the PA for breast development was 52%, and for pubic hair, 64%. There was no case of the difference being greater than one stage. For boys, the PA for pubic hair was 75%. For testicular volume, the PA was 36%; in 95%, the difference was only one size.



CONCLUSIONS:

We found pubertal self-assessment, including the use of an orchidometer for boys, to be a useful method. However, if the purpose is to determine exact pubertal onset, the assessment should be made by a trained professional. (Less)
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10.1515/JPEM.2011.440
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  abstract     = {BACKGROUND:<br/><br>
Self-assessment of puberty has been reported to correlate well with staging by a physician. No previous study has evaluated the use of an orchidometer to assess testicular size in boys.<br/><br>
<br/><br>
STUDY DESIGN:<br/><br>
This study included 44 girls and 56 boys, 10-16 years old, with assessed Tanner staging. The boys also used an orchidometer. The correlation with a professional's staging was analyzed using percentage agreement (PA).<br/><br>
<br/><br>
RESULTS:<br/><br>
For girls, the PA for breast development was 52%, and for pubic hair, 64%. There was no case of the difference being greater than one stage. For boys, the PA for pubic hair was 75%. For testicular volume, the PA was 36%; in 95%, the difference was only one size.<br/><br>
<br/><br>
CONCLUSIONS:<br/><br>
We found pubertal self-assessment, including the use of an orchidometer for boys, to be a useful method. However, if the purpose is to determine exact pubertal onset, the assessment should be made by a trained professional.},
  author       = {Rollof, Lena and Elfving, Maria},
  issn         = {2191-0251},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1-2},
  pages        = {125--129},
  publisher    = {Freund Publishing House Ltd},
  series       = {Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism},
  title        = {Evaluation of self-assessment of pubertal maturation in boys and girls using drawings and orchidometer.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/JPEM.2011.440},
  volume       = {25},
  year         = {2012},
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