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01-03-2011 | Brief Communication | Uitgave 2/2011

Quality of Life Research 2/2011

Biological maturation as a confounding factor in the relation between chronological age and health-related quality of life in adolescent females

Tijdschrift:
Quality of Life Research > Uitgave 2/2011
Auteurs:
Sean P. Cumming, Fiona B. Gillison, Lauren B. Sherar

Abstract

Purpose

To examine the potential confounding effect of biological maturation on the relations between chronological age and health-related quality of life in adolescent British females.

Methods

Biological maturation, chronological age, and health-related quality of life were assessed in 366 British female students in years 7–10 (M = 13.0 years, SD = 0.8). The Kid-Screen 10 was used to assess health-related quality of life. Percentage of predicted adult height attained at measurement was used as an estimate of biological maturation.

Results

Pearson product moment correlation demonstrated a statistically significant inverse relation between chronological age and health-related quality of life. This relation was, however, attenuated and non-significant once biological maturation was controlled for.

Conclusions

Researchers studying health-related quality of life in youth should consider and/or control for the potential confounding effect of biological maturation.

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