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Childhood family disruption and adult height: is there a mediating role of puberty?

Sheppard P, Garcia JR, Sear R - Evol Med Public Health (2015)

Bottom Line: Later puberty was associated with shorter adult height.WOMEN: the father's death during early childhood was associated with earlier puberty, which was in turn associated with shorter adult stature.Early childhood familial disruption is associated with shorter height for men, and is partially mediated by later puberty.

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Affiliation: Department of Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HE, UK; The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA; paula.sheppard@lshtm.ac.uk.

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Schematic representation of the relationship between early childhood family stress, puberty, and adult height, for men. Negative correlations are denoted by dashed lines. This model is adjusted for childhood SES and year of birth
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eov028-F3: Schematic representation of the relationship between early childhood family stress, puberty, and adult height, for men. Negative correlations are denoted by dashed lines. This model is adjusted for childhood SES and year of birth

Mentions: For women, the father dying during early childhood was associated with earlier puberty, although no other type of childhood family disruption showed a significant association, and none directly impacted height. Later age at puberty was significantly associated with taller adult height, providing evidence that the effect of the father’s death on height appears to be completely mediated by age at puberty, in this model, as illustrated in Fig. 3. Number of siblings and SES were associated with both outcomes, but again in opposite directions. Women with more siblings had later puberty and were ultimately shorter as adults. High SES women had earlier puberty but were taller adults. We controlled for year of birth to account for the secular trend to earlier puberty [40]. Our results support this and show that time influences height only by way of puberty. In addition, the death of the father during early childhood is associated with earlier age at puberty, which is in turn associated with shorter stature. Parental divorce and maternal death are not significantly associated with either outcome.Figure 3.


Childhood family disruption and adult height: is there a mediating role of puberty?

Sheppard P, Garcia JR, Sear R - Evol Med Public Health (2015)

Schematic representation of the relationship between early childhood family stress, puberty, and adult height, for men. Negative correlations are denoted by dashed lines. This model is adjusted for childhood SES and year of birth
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eov028-F3: Schematic representation of the relationship between early childhood family stress, puberty, and adult height, for men. Negative correlations are denoted by dashed lines. This model is adjusted for childhood SES and year of birth
Mentions: For women, the father dying during early childhood was associated with earlier puberty, although no other type of childhood family disruption showed a significant association, and none directly impacted height. Later age at puberty was significantly associated with taller adult height, providing evidence that the effect of the father’s death on height appears to be completely mediated by age at puberty, in this model, as illustrated in Fig. 3. Number of siblings and SES were associated with both outcomes, but again in opposite directions. Women with more siblings had later puberty and were ultimately shorter as adults. High SES women had earlier puberty but were taller adults. We controlled for year of birth to account for the secular trend to earlier puberty [40]. Our results support this and show that time influences height only by way of puberty. In addition, the death of the father during early childhood is associated with earlier age at puberty, which is in turn associated with shorter stature. Parental divorce and maternal death are not significantly associated with either outcome.Figure 3.

Bottom Line: Later puberty was associated with shorter adult height.WOMEN: the father's death during early childhood was associated with earlier puberty, which was in turn associated with shorter adult stature.Early childhood familial disruption is associated with shorter height for men, and is partially mediated by later puberty.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HE, UK; The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA; paula.sheppard@lshtm.ac.uk.

No MeSH data available.