A comparison of premenarcheal expectations and postmenarcheal experiences in Chinese early adolescents
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AbstractThe present study examined Chinese early adolescents' expectations and experiences of their first menstruation. It included 952 participants, 476 premenarcheal and 476 postmenarcheal girls matched by age and by grade level. Results showed that compared to experiences of postmenarcheal girls, premenarcheal girls anticipated more negative emotional responses and more severe menstrual symptoms at menarche. Premenarcheal and postmenarcheal girls did not differ in levels of self-esteem, gender-role identify, perceived physical attractiveness, and positive emotions to menarche. Compared to those who had their first menstruation on time or later adolescent girls who reported an early onset of menarche reported more severe menstrual symptoms. However, the timing of menarche was unrelated to postmenarcheal girls' levels of self-esteem, gender-role identity, perceived physical attractiveness, and emotional experiences of menarche.
All Author(s) ListTang CSK, Yeung DYL, Lee AM
Journal nameJournal of Early Adolescence
Volume Number24
Issue Number2
Pages180 - 195
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsChinese adolescents; menarche; postmenarcheal; premenarcheal
Web of Science Subject CategoriesFamily Studies; FAMILY STUDIES; Psychology; Psychology, Developmental; PSYCHOLOGY, DEVELOPMENTAL

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