Comparison of Social Adjustment, School Satisfaction, and Mental Health in Girls with and Without Precocious Puberty

Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Psychology, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Urmia University, Urmia, Iran.


This study aimed to compare social adjustment, school satisfaction, and mental health among secondary school female students with and without precocious puberty.
Materials and Methods:
The statistical population of this study consisted of female high school students in Urmia city, Iran (n=1,225). To achieve our aim, samples of 204 students (102 girls with precocious puberty and 102 girls with normal puberty) were selected by multi-stage cluster sampling method from this statistical population. All participants were asked to complete social adjustment, school satisfaction, and mental health questionnaires. The research method was a causal-comparative type. The data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics such as mean, variance, standard deviation, and multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA).
The result of MANOVA revealed that there was a significant difference between two groups of girls in social adjustment, mental health, and school satisfaction (P≤0.05).
The results of this study revealed that there was a more social adjustment, mental health, and school satisfaction among girls with normal puberty. Therefore, it is necessary that specialists intervene earlier and prevent later problems among such girls.


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