Reported versus measured adult statures

John H. Himes, Alex F. Roche

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Reported and measured statures were obtained for 100 husband‐wife pairs. In addition, wives were asked to specify whether their husbands were tall, medium, or short. Correlations between reported and measured statures are high (0.84–0.97) and wives tend to overestimate their own measured stature by about 1 cm, and that of their husbands by about 1.3 cm. Wives correctly classify their husbands as tall, medium, or short in about 70% of the cases, using terciles of the stature distribution of American men as the standard. Reported statures may be useful proxies for measured statures for certain purposes. In the absence of measured or reported statures, a wife's categorization of her husband as tall, medium, or short may be satisfactory for some group studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-341
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1982


  • Adult stature
  • Anthropometry
  • Reported Stature


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