Longitudinal height velocity standards for U.S. adolescents

Stat Med. 1993 Feb;12(3-4):403-14. doi: 10.1002/sim.4780120321.


Longitudinally based height velocity centiles for U.S. children, appropriate for paediatric clinical use, were derived for growth from ages 7 to 18 years. A series of gender- and race-specific figures present the median velocity curves for children by year of maturation. Smooth 3rd to 97th centile curves, for blacks and whites together, are provided for children who are early, average, and late maturers. The data were taken from 6532 black and white children participating in the Six Cities Study from 1974 to 1989.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • African Continental Ancestry Group
  • Age Factors
  • Body Height*
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Growth*
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Models, Statistical*
  • National Center for Health Statistics, U.S.
  • Puberty
  • Reference Values
  • Sex Factors
  • Time Factors
  • United States