Parenting a daughter with precocious puberty or Turner syndrome

Janet K. Williams, University of Iowa


Alterations in sexual maturation present parenting challenges for mothers of these children. The purpose of this exploratory study was to identify specific childrearing problems and management behaviors used by mothers of daughters with two chronic conditions, precocious puberty and Turner syndrome. Problems included communicating with school personnel, supervising peer relationships, and attempting to normalize their daughter's physical appearance. The most common management behavior was taking charge to prevent or attempt to solve problems. Implications for clinical practice include providing anticipatory guidance, supporting parent communication strategies, and providing support and information resources.