A new method for calculation of height centiles for preadolescent children

Ann Hum Biol. 1992 May-Jun;19(3):221-32. doi: 10.1080/03014469200002102.


A new method of calculation of cross-sectional attained height centiles is proposed. This exploits the variance-stabilizing transformation, which has the form log(a+b height) up to age 11 years. Residuals of transformed height about the expected value for age are antilogged to give a single Gaussian distribution from which centiles can be calculated. In contrast to previous methods the standard errors of the centiles can be estimated without imprecise adjustment for smoothing. The parameters a and b of the transformation do not need precise estimation and the method can be used for population subgroups from which large samples cannot be obtained.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Biometry / methods*
  • Body Height*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Racial Groups
  • Reference Values
  • Regression Analysis
  • Sex Factors