Biosocial correlates of stature in a 16-year-old British cohort

J Biosoc Sci. 1991 Oct;23(4):401-8. doi: 10.1017/s0021932000019507.


Analyses of the height variation of 16-year-old members of the British National Child Development Study revealed a number of biological and social variables which associated with stature. After multiple regression analyses only eight variables, namely social class, family size, tenure (owner occupied or one of several types of rented home), crowding status, number of children sleeping in the bed, region of the country, sex of child, and pubic hair rating, remained significant. The total variation explained by these biosocial variables was 37.5%.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Body Height*
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Puberty
  • Regression Analysis
  • Social Class
  • Social Environment*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United Kingdom