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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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RUEDA-QUIJANO, Sandra Milena et al. Concordance of the assessment of pubertal development with the Tanner scale between adolescents and a trained physician. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2019, vol.36, n.3, pp.408-413. ISSN 1726-4634.


To assess the concordance between self-assessment of pubertal development with the Tanner scale performed by adolescents compared to the assessment performed by a trained physician.

Materials and Methods.

As part of the SIMAC project, data was collected on 244 adolescents. At baseline, we included an anthropometric and pubertal development assessment, with a self-assessment by the participants.


We included 229 teenagers from 12 to 17 years old. The agreement between the self-assessment and the clinical evaluation with the Tanner scale presented an 88.3% agreement and a weighted kappa coefficient of 0.554. The self-assessment in women showed a good agreement ( kappaweighted=0.653) and in men a moderate agreement (kappaweighted=0.464). The only variable with a significant influence on the agreement ability was gender; the disagreement probability in males was 63% greater than in females, regardless of age, height, or weight (95% CI: 1,18-2, 26).


. Self-assessment was not accurate enough to replace medical examination, especially in males. More research is needed on this subject considering the impact that self-assessment of sexual development could have.

Keywords : Growth and development; Adolescent; Self report; Child development; Puberty.

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