Growth hormone response patterns in sexually or physically abused boys

Jonathan B Jensen, J. J. Pease, Robert ten Bensel, Barry D. Garfinkel

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Abstract

The ratio of growth hormone response to Clonidine and L-dopa challenge was compared in 74 boys: 15 with purported physical abuse, 7 with purported sexual abuse, 13 normal controls, and 39 psychiatric controls. Sexually abused boys demonstrate a statistically significant elevated ratio of growth hormone response to Clonidine versus response to L-dopa. Physically abused boys demonstrate lower clonidine/L-dopa growth hormone response ratios compared with controls. These effects widen with increasing physical development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)784-790
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

Keywords

  • growth hormone
  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse

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