Educational, psychologic, and social aspects of short stature

J Pediatr Health Care. Sep-Oct 1992;6(5 Pt 2):325-32. doi: 10.1016/0891-5245(92)90099-p.


Children with short stature may experience academic difficulties, psychologic impairment, and emotional stress related to an underlying medical condition or social stigmatization. Educational and psychosocial problems associated with short stature often can be alleviated with appropriate interventions. Parents, health-care practitioners, and teachers should be aware of the potential academic, psychologic, and social problems related to short stature and growth delay, so they can support the short child's normal development and intervene promptly if problems arise.

MeSH terms

  • Body Height*
  • Child
  • Counseling
  • Growth Disorders / complications
  • Growth Disorders / nursing
  • Growth Disorders / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Intelligence
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Self Concept