Accuracy of Pubertal Tanner Staging Self-Reporting

Department of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology/Diabetes, Creighton University, Omaha, NE 68131, USA.
Journal of pediatric endocrinology & metabolism: JPEM (Impact Factor: 1). 04/2006; 19(3):213-21. DOI: 10.1515/JPEM.2006.19.3.213
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Previous studies examining the reliability of self-reported Tanner stages have given conflicting results. We report on the reliability of self-reported Tanner stages in lean healthy children.
Self-reported Tanner staging of 240 children (130 girls, 110 boys) were compared to the ratings of a pediatric endocrinologist who was unaware of the children's self-assessments. The correlation between the two approaches was analyzed using kappa statistics.
40% (kappa coeffcient = 0.49, p <0.001) and 23% (kappa coefficient = 0.68, p <0.001) of the girls rated their breast and pubic Tanner stage incorrectly, respectively; 39% of the boys (kappa coefficient = 0.49, p <0.001) rated their pubic stage incorrectly. The age of the children who self-rated correctly and incorrectly was not different; no independent predictors for correct Tanner staging self-assessment were found.
The results of this analysis suggest that self-rated Tanner pubertal staging is not influenced by age and is not a reliable method of assessing Tanner stage.

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