Family breakdown making children become sexually mature faster

thisislondon.co.uk 18.10.06
The stress of family breakdowns could be causing children to reach puberty earlier, according to researchers. The trauma of watching parents split up, or having an absentee father, can lead to a youngster becoming sexually mature faster, doctors say.Researchers believe that prolonged stress may speed up puberty by altering the balance of growth hormones and other chemicals in the body. But the earlier onset of physical maturity is not being matched by emotional development – which could leave youngsters at a greater risk of teen pregnancy and drug abuse.

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