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Mother/Daughter Questionnaire
GROWING AND CHANGING
There are important changes to a girl's body that can happen even as early as 6. At this time in life we have some questions we need to ask and which we would appreciate hearing about.
This questionnaire can be filled in by either mother or daughter. As always, if you don't want to answer a question, put a line through it.
Your answers will of course be kept in confidence and not attached to your name
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP.
SECTION A: PERIODS AND PROBLEMS

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

The best way to measure height is to ask your daughter to stand barefoot as straight as possible against a wall, to make a mark on the wall at the highest point on the child's head, and to measure the distance from the mark on the floor.

Feet
Inches in foot
Metres
Centimetres in metres

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

Please fill in using kilos or stones.

Stones
Pounds in stone
Kilograms

In the past month, what was the average number of times that your daughter 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

Has your daughter started her menstrual periods yet?

1
yes
2
no
If no, please go to A10 on page 4
If yes,
qc_A4 == 1

How old was your daughter when she had her first period? ... years old

Age

When was her first period ?

Generic date

In the past year, how many days of bleeding has your daughter usually had during each of her periods? ... days

How many
99
don't know
If you don't know,
qc_A6_a == 99

is it probably:

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

In the past year, what was the usual length of your daughter's menstrual cycle? In other words, how many days were there from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period? ... days

How many
99
don't know

Has your daughter ever had any of the following symptoms associated with her period? Heavy or prolonged bleeding?

1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to A8b on page 4
If yes,
qc_A8_a == 1

Did you contact her doctor for this?

1
Yes
2
No

Has your daughter ever had any of the following symptoms associated with her period? Severe cramps with her period?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_A8_b == 1

Did you contact her doctor for this?

1
Yes
2
No

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

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_A8_c == 1

Did you contact her doctor for this?

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

Has your daughter taken oral contraceptives or birth control pills, for any reason during the past 12 months?

1
Yes
2
No

Has a doctor ever told your daughter that she had a thyroid problem or asked her to take thyroid medicine or treatment?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_A10_a == 1

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

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

If there are any additional comments about your daughter's physical growth and development that you would like to make, then please do so here:

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SECTION B
The drawings below show stages of the way the breasts develop. A girl can go through each of the five stages shown, although some girls skip some stages. Please look at each of the drawings. It is also important to read the descriptions.

Put a tick in the box to the right of the drawing that is closest to your daughter's 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 girls. Some girls 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
6
Not sure
SECTION C
The drawings below show different amounts of female pubic hair. A girl can go through each of the five stages shown. Please look at each of the drawings. It is also important to read the descriptions.

Put a tick in the box to the right of the drawing that is the closest to the amount of pubic hair your daughter has.

1
There is no pubic hair
2
There is a little long, lightly coloured hair. This 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 is now like 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
6
Not sure
NOTE: Your daughter's pubic hair stage may or may not be the same as her stage of breast development
SECTION D

This questionnaire was completed by: mother

(tick all that apply)

1
Yes

This questionnaire was completed by: daughter

(tick all that apply)

1
Yes

This questionnaire was completed by: other (please tick and describe)

(tick all that apply)

1
Yes
Other

Please give the date on which you completed this questionnaire:

Generic date

Please give the date of birth of your daughter:

Date of birth
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP

Space for any additional comments you would like to make

Long text
Please remember we cannot reply to any comment unless you sign it
When completed, please return the questionnaire to: Professor Jean Golding Children of the 90s - ALSPAC Institute of Child Health
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alspac_99_gac1_f

Mother/Daughter Questionnaire
GROWING AND CHANGING
There are important changes to a girl's body that can happen even as early as 6. At this time in life we have some questions we need to ask and which we would appreciate hearing about.
This questionnaire can be filled in by either mother or daughter. As always, if you don't want to answer a question, put a line through it.
Your answers will of course be kept in confidence and not attached to your name
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP.

SECTION A: PERIODS AND PROBLEMS

What is your daughter's height (without shoes)? ... feet ... inches OR ... metres ... centimetres
Feet
Inches in foot
Metres
Centimetres in metres
What is your daughter's weight (without shoes)? ... stones ... pounds OR ... kilos
Stones
Pounds in stone
Kilograms
In the past month, what was the average number of times that your daughter 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
Has your daughter started her menstrual periods yet?
1
yes
2
no
If no, please go to A10 on page 4
How old was your daughter when she had her first period? ... years old
Age
When was her first period ?
Generic date
In the past year, how many days of bleeding has your daughter usually had during each of her periods? ... days
How many
99
don't know
is it probably:
1
3 days or less
2
4-6 days
3
7 days or more
In the past year, what was the usual length of your daughter's menstrual cycle? In other words, how many days were there from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period? ... days
How many
99
don't know
Has your daughter ever had any of the following symptoms associated with her period? Heavy or prolonged bleeding?
1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to A8b on page 4
Did you contact her doctor for this?
1
Yes
2
No
Has your daughter ever had any of the following symptoms associated with her period? Severe cramps with her period?
1
Yes
2
No
Did you contact her doctor for this?
1
Yes
2
No
Has your daughter ever had any of the following symptoms associated with her period? Period-type pains or pain in her pelvic area (lower part of the tummy) for most days of the month even when she is not bleeding?
1
Yes
2
No
Did you contact her doctor for this?
1
Yes
2
No
Sometimes, if girls have problems with their periods e.g. heavy bleeding, irregular bleeding or cramps, their G.P. may prescribe the oral contraceptive pill (which can be called 'hormones' or 'oestrogen pills') to help.
Has your daughter taken oral contraceptives or birth control pills, for any reason during the past 12 months?
1
Yes
2
No
Has a doctor ever told your daughter that she had a thyroid problem or asked her to take thyroid medicine or treatment?
1
Yes
2
No
What kind of thyroid problem did the doctor say she had?
Generic text

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

We would like to assess the stage of your daughter's physical development using the drawings on the next pages. These indicate various stages of puberty commonly used by doctors to assess the growth and development of girls.
We need to know which drawings most closely match your daughter's stage of development at the moment.
Not all children follow the same pattern of development. Just pick the stage that is closest, based on both the picture and the description.
If there are any additional comments about your daughter's physical growth and development that you would like to make, then please do so here:
Long text

SECTION B

The drawings below show stages of the way the breasts develop. A girl can go through each of the five stages shown, although some girls skip some stages. Please look at each of the drawings. It is also important to read the descriptions.
Put a tick in the box to the right of the drawing that is closest to your daughter's 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 girls. Some girls 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
6
Not sure

SECTION C

The drawings below show different amounts of female pubic hair. A girl can go through each of the five stages shown. Please look at each of the drawings. It is also important to read the descriptions.
Put a tick in the box to the right of the drawing that is the closest to the amount of pubic hair your daughter has.
1
There is no pubic hair
2
There is a little long, lightly coloured hair. This 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 is now like 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
6
Not sure
NOTE: Your daughter's pubic hair stage may or may not be the same as her stage of breast development

SECTION D

This questionnaire was completed by: mother
1
Yes
This questionnaire was completed by: daughter
1
Yes
This questionnaire was completed by: other (please tick and describe)
1
Yes
Other
Please give the date on which you completed this questionnaire:
Generic date
Please give the date of birth of your daughter:
Date of birth
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP
Space for any additional comments you would like to make
Long text
Please remember we cannot reply to any comment unless you sign it
When completed, please return the questionnaire to: Professor Jean Golding Children of the 90s - ALSPAC Institute of Child Health