the period of growth in children that occurs prior to puberty and is classified by the beginning of dispersion of androgens by the adrenal cortex. Early onset adrenarche is marked by the degree to which adrenal androgens are present and if they have reached levels comparative to puberty. In these kinds of cases, the pubic hair may develop earlier than it normally would be expected. Emotional or cognitive traumas may be partly to blame for such.
ADRENARCHE: "Adrenarche can be quite stressful and traumatic for such young children who are not yet emotionally prepared for such."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "ADRENARCHE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/adrenarche/ (accessed March 21, 2023).