Individual growth in stature: a comparison of four growth studies in the U.S.A

Ann Hum Biol. 1976 Nov;3(6):529-42. doi: 10.1080/03014467600001791.


Patterns of growth in stature of subjects from the four major U.S. longitudinal growth studies are compared by means of a two-component model for individual growth. Problems inherent in the comparison of data from independent growth studies, such as those arising from different methods of sampling subjects and scheduling measurements and the occurrence of atypical subjects, are considered and solutions are offered. Statistical tests of the individual growth parameters revealed significant, but small, differences among the samples in the magnitude of the contributions of prepubertal and adolescent growth to mature stature and in the velocity of growth. No differences between samples in the timing of the adolescent component were detected.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Height*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Growth*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Statistics as Topic
  • United States