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Self-Rating Scale for Pubertal Development (SSPD)

Title of the Portuguese Version

Escala de Auto-avaliação de Puberdade

Original Version

Carskadon, M. A., & Acebo, C. (1993)

Portuguese Version

Crisóstomo, A. M. O., Gomes, A. C. A., & Couto, D. A. (2013)

General Description

This scale aims to be a minimally invasive self-rating measure to assess pubertal status, without using pictorial representations, interviews or physical examinations. The scale was proposed by Carskadon and Acebo (1993) consisting on the conversion to self-report format of the interview-based Pubertal Development Scale (PDS) described in Peterson et al. (1988), based on Tanner stages. The SSPD is a brief self-rating scale for children from 9 years old. It comprises 5 items: 1 to 3 are common to both sexes, whereas 4 and 5 are unique for each sex.Each item is rated in a 4-point Likert scale from 1 to 4, except for the menarche item in the girl’s version (scored 1 or 4). A global score is computed separately for boys and girls according to an algorithm described by Petersen et al. (1988), cf. e.g., http://www.sleepforscience.org/contentmgr/showdetails.php/id/91.The global score, depending on the participant sex, would correspond to one of the Tanner puberty stages: Prepubertal; Early pubertal; Midpubertal; Late pubertal; Postpubertal.

  • Crisóstomo, A. M. O., Gomes, A. C. A., & Couto, D. A. (2013). Pubertal development and psychological symptoms: Preliminary data in a Portuguese sample of 11-15 years-old students [Abstract]. Atención Primaria, 45, 112. http://hdl.handle.net/10316/47390

  • Carskadon, M. A., & Acebo, C. (1993). A self-administered rating scale for pubertal development. Journal of Adolescent Health, 14, 190-195.


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