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Maternal Depression May Correlate With Daughter's Earlier Puberty

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  • New research has shown that a mother's mood disorder or new relationship following a divorce is associated with an earlier onset of puberty among daughters.
  • One expert cautions that some other factor could be causing early puberty in these girls.
  • Researchers hypothesize that the introduction of a new stepfather or boyfriend of the mother exposes the child to pheromones, and this could influence earlier onset of puberty.
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