Psychological aspects of developmental endocrinopathies in adolescence.

A. Apter*, A. Galatzer, A. Weizman, T. Weizman, I. Modai, Z. Laron

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Ninety-six adolescents referred to a pediatric endocrinology clinic were divided into eight groups according to degree of sexual maturity and height. Each adolescent was assessed by a psychiatric interview, a self-concept questionnaire, a human figure drawing test and a cognitive screening battery. The results showed a definite deleterious effect of growth retardation, but not sexual maturity, on self-concept. Sex of the adolescent did not affect the results. Cognitively there was no difference between groups. The psychological impact of short stature should be taken into consideration in the decision to utilize pharmacological or delay of puberty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-253
Number of pages8
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


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