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Female Teenager questionnaire
GROWING AND CHANGING (9)
You may have seen this type of questionnaire before.
There are important changes to a teenager's body that can happen as early as 6 or as late as 20. At this time of life we have some questions we need to ask and which we need to hear about at regular intervals.
Use a BLACK or BLUE pen when you fill in the questionnaire.
Please read carefully the instructions on page 3.
You will have seen fairly recently that we now have an electronic scanner that will record your answers automatically.
Use a BLACK or BLUE pen
Your answers will of course still be completely confidential and not attached to your actual name
Section A: PERIODS, PROBLEMS AND OTHER DEVELOPMENT

What is your height (without shoes)? ... feet ... inches OR ... metres ... centimetres

Feet
Inches in foot
Metres
Centimetres in metre

What is your weight (without shoes)? ... stones ... pounds OR ... kilos

Stones
Pounds in stone
Kilograms

In the past month, what was the average number of times that you participated in vigorous physical activity (such as running, dance, gymnastics, netball, swimming, or aerobics)?

1
none
2
less than once a week
3
1-3 times a week
4
4-6 times a week
5
daily

Have you started your periods yet?

1
Yes
2
No
If no, please go to A10 on page 7
If yes,
qc_A4 == 1

How old were you when you had your first period? ... years old

Age

When exactly was your first period?

Generic date

In the past year, how many days of bleeding have you usually had during each period? ... Number of days

How many
99
Don't know
88
It varies
If you don't know, or if it varies
qc_A6_a == 99 || qc_A6_a == 88

is it probably:

1
3 days or less
2
4-6 days
3
7 days or more

In the past year, how many days were there usually between periods? In other words, how many days were there from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period? ... Number of days

How many
88
It varied
99
Don't know

Have you ever had any of the following symptoms associated with your period? Heavy or prolonged bleeding

1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to A8b below
If yes,
qc_A8_a == 1

did you contact a doctor for this?

1
Yes
2
No

Have you ever had any of the following symptoms associated with your period? Severe cramps with your period?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_A8_b == 1

did you contact your doctor for this?

1
Yes
2
No

Have you ever had any of the following symptoms associated with your period? Period-type pains or pain in your pelvic area (lower part of your tummy) for most days of the month even when you are not bleeding?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_A8_c == 1

Did you contact your doctor for this?

1
Yes
2
No
Sometimes, if teenagers have problems with their periods e.g. heavy bleeding, irregular bleeding or cramps, their GP may prescribe the oral contraceptive pill (which can be called 'hormone' or 'oestrogen pills') to help.

Have you taken oral contraceptives or birth control pills, for any reason during the past 12 months?

1
Yes
2
No
9
Don't know

Has a doctor ever told you that you had a thyroid problem or asked you to take thyroid medicine or treatment?

1
Yes
2
No
9
Don't know
If yes,
qc_A10_a == 1

What kind of thyroid problem did the doctor say you had?

Generic text

Have you started to have hair growing in the armpits?

1
Yes
2
No
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
We would like to assess the stage of your physical development using the drawings on the next pages. These show various stages commonly used by doctors to assess the growth and development of girls.
We need to know which drawings most closely match your stage of development at the moment.
Not all teenagers follow the same pattern of development. Just pick the stage that is closest, based on both the picture and the description.
Section B
The drawings below show stages of the way the breasts develop. A teenager can go through each of the five stages shown, although some teenagers skip some stages. Please look at each of the drawings. It is also important to read the descriptions.

Cross the box that is closest to your current breast stage

1
The nipple is raised a little in this stage. The rest of the breast is still flat.
2
This is the breast bud stage. In this stage the nipple is raised more than in stage 1. The breast is a small mound. The dark area around the nipple (areola) is larger than in stage 1.
3
The areola and the breast are both larger than in stage 2. The areola does not stick out away from the breast
4
The areola and the nipple make up a mound that sticks up above the shape of the breast. (Note: This stage may not happen at all for some teenagers. Some teenagers develop from stage 3 to stage 5 with no stage 4.)
5
This is the mature adult stage. The breasts are fully developed. Only the nipple sticks out in this stage. The areola has moved back in the general shape of the breast.
Section C
The drawings below show different amounts of female pubic hair. A teenager can go through each of the five stages shown. Please look at each of the drawings. It is also important to read the descriptions.

Cross the box that is the closest to the amount of pubic hair you have.

1
There is no pubic hair
2
There is a little long, lightly coloured hair. This hair may be straight or a little curly.
3
The hair is darker in this stage. It is coarser and more curled. It has spread out and thinly covers a bigger area.
4
The hair is now as dark, curly, and coarse as that of an adult woman. However, the area that the hair covers is not as large as that of an adult woman. The hair has not spread out to the legs.
5
The hair now is like that of an adult woman. It also covers the same area as that of an adult woman. The hair usually forms a triangular pattern as it spreads out to the legs.
NOTE: Your pubic hair stage may or may not be the same as your stage of breast development.
Section D

Did you have any help to fill this in?

1
No
2
Yes
If yes,
qc_D1 == 2

please say who helped you: A parent helped

1
Yes

please say who helped you: Someone else helped

1
Yes

What is your date of birth?

Date of birth

What is today's date?

Generic date
Thank you VERY much for your help
When completed, please send this back to: Children of the Nineties - ALSPAC
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Female Teenager questionnaire
GROWING AND CHANGING (9)
You may have seen this type of questionnaire before.
There are important changes to a teenager's body that can happen as early as 6 or as late as 20. At this time of life we have some questions we need to ask and which we need to hear about at regular intervals.
Use a BLACK or BLUE pen when you fill in the questionnaire.
Please read carefully the instructions on page 3.
You will have seen fairly recently that we now have an electronic scanner that will record your answers automatically.
Use a BLACK or BLUE pen
Your answers will of course still be completely confidential and not attached to your actual name

Section A: PERIODS, PROBLEMS AND OTHER DEVELOPMENT

What is your height (without shoes)? ... feet ... inches OR ... metres ... centimetres
Feet
Inches in foot
Metres
Centimetres in metre
What is your weight (without shoes)? ... stones ... pounds OR ... kilos
Stones
Pounds in stone
Kilograms
In the past month, what was the average number of times that you participated in vigorous physical activity (such as running, dance, gymnastics, netball, swimming, or aerobics)?
1
none
2
less than once a week
3
1-3 times a week
4
4-6 times a week
5
daily
Have you started your periods yet?
1
Yes
2
No
If no, please go to A10 on page 7
qc_A4 == 1
How old were you when you had your first period? ... years old
Age
qc_A4 == 1
When exactly was your first period?
Generic date
qc_A4 == 1
In the past year, how many days of bleeding have you usually had during each period? ... Number of days
How many
99
Don't know
88
It varies
qc_A4 == 1
qc_A6_a == 99 || qc_A6_a == 88
is it probably:
1
3 days or less
2
4-6 days
3
7 days or more
qc_A4 == 1
In the past year, how many days were there usually between periods? In other words, how many days were there from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period? ... Number of days
How many
88
It varied
99
Don't know
qc_A4 == 1
Have you ever had any of the following symptoms associated with your period? Heavy or prolonged bleeding
1
Yes
2
No
qc_A4 == 1
If no, go to A8b below
qc_A4 == 1
qc_A8_a == 1
did you contact a doctor for this?
1
Yes
2
No
qc_A4 == 1
Have you ever had any of the following symptoms associated with your period? Severe cramps with your period?
1
Yes
2
No
qc_A4 == 1
qc_A8_b == 1
did you contact your doctor for this?
1
Yes
2
No
qc_A4 == 1
Have you ever had any of the following symptoms associated with your period? Period-type pains or pain in your pelvic area (lower part of your tummy) for most days of the month even when you are not bleeding?
1
Yes
2
No
qc_A4 == 1
qc_A8_c == 1
Did you contact your doctor for this?
1
Yes
2
No
qc_A4 == 1
Sometimes, if teenagers have problems with their periods e.g. heavy bleeding, irregular bleeding or cramps, their GP may prescribe the oral contraceptive pill (which can be called 'hormone' or 'oestrogen pills') to help.
qc_A4 == 1
Have you taken oral contraceptives or birth control pills, for any reason during the past 12 months?
1
Yes
2
No
9
Don't know
Has a doctor ever told you that you had a thyroid problem or asked you to take thyroid medicine or treatment?
1
Yes
2
No
9
Don't know
qc_A10_a == 1
What kind of thyroid problem did the doctor say you had?
Generic text
Have you started to have hair growing in the armpits?
1
Yes
2
No

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

We would like to assess the stage of your physical development using the drawings on the next pages. These show various stages commonly used by doctors to assess the growth and development of girls.
We need to know which drawings most closely match your stage of development at the moment.
Not all teenagers follow the same pattern of development. Just pick the stage that is closest, based on both the picture and the description.

Section B

The drawings below show stages of the way the breasts develop. A teenager can go through each of the five stages shown, although some teenagers skip some stages. Please look at each of the drawings. It is also important to read the descriptions.
Cross the box that is closest to your current breast stage
1
The nipple is raised a little in this stage. The rest of the breast is still flat.
2
This is the breast bud stage. In this stage the nipple is raised more than in stage 1. The breast is a small mound. The dark area around the nipple (areola) is larger than in stage 1.
3
The areola and the breast are both larger than in stage 2. The areola does not stick out away from the breast
4
The areola and the nipple make up a mound that sticks up above the shape of the breast. (Note: This stage may not happen at all for some teenagers. Some teenagers develop from stage 3 to stage 5 with no stage 4.)
5
This is the mature adult stage. The breasts are fully developed. Only the nipple sticks out in this stage. The areola has moved back in the general shape of the breast.

Section C

The drawings below show different amounts of female pubic hair. A teenager can go through each of the five stages shown. Please look at each of the drawings. It is also important to read the descriptions.
Cross the box that is the closest to the amount of pubic hair you have.
1
There is no pubic hair
2
There is a little long, lightly coloured hair. This hair may be straight or a little curly.
3
The hair is darker in this stage. It is coarser and more curled. It has spread out and thinly covers a bigger area.
4
The hair is now as dark, curly, and coarse as that of an adult woman. However, the area that the hair covers is not as large as that of an adult woman. The hair has not spread out to the legs.
5
The hair now is like that of an adult woman. It also covers the same area as that of an adult woman. The hair usually forms a triangular pattern as it spreads out to the legs.
NOTE: Your pubic hair stage may or may not be the same as your stage of breast development.

Section D

Did you have any help to fill this in?
1
No
2
Yes
qc_D1 == 2
please say who helped you: A parent helped
1
Yes
qc_D1 == 2
please say who helped you: Someone else helped
1
Yes
What is your date of birth?
Date of birth
What is today's date?
Generic date
Thank you VERY much for your help
When completed, please send this back to: Children of the Nineties - ALSPAC
Name

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