Parent-specific adjustments for evaluation of recumbent length and stature of children

John H Himes, A. F. Roche, D. Thissen, W. M. Moore

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A clinical 'parent-specific' method for evaluating recumbent length and stature of children, allowing for the stature of parents, is presented. This method uses midparent stature and allows adjustment of recumbent length (birth to 3 years) and stature (3 to 18 years) of US children relative to National Center for Health Statistics growth charts. The method is based on parent-child relationships for 586 midparent-child pairs participating in the Fels Longitudinal Study, and on more than 16,000 serial measurements of recumbent length and stature. The method provides a clinical tool to separate the normal genetic contribution of parental stature to stature of children from other factors that affect stature such as malnutrition or disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-313
Number of pages10
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985


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