Girls in Low-Income Families Feel Less Prepared for Puberty

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Girls experiencing puberty in low-income urban areas report a lack of information and preparedness in coping with menstruation and other physical changes, leading to potential health issues later, according to a new study from Columbia University and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Most girls reported that the information they received from their parents about puberty was usually inadequate and came too late, according to the study. The authors call for more robust interventions to educate girls in low-income families about puberty and sexual health.

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