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Folia Medica Indonesiana

ISSN 0303-7932

Vol. 44 / No. 3 / Published : 2008-07

TOC : 11, and page :196 - 202

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Original Article :

The existence of a peak in adolescent’s height increments

Author :

  1. MD Artaria*1
  2. M Henneberg*2
  1. The Department of Anthropology (FISIP), and The Physical Anthropology Section in the Laboratory of Anatomy and Histology, Medical School, Airlangga University, Surabaya (Indonesia)
  2. The Department of Anatomical Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA (Australia)

Abstract :

The adolescent growth spurt has been regarded as a uniquely human growth pattern. This research was to test the existence of growth spurt in urban and rural school-children from Cape Coloured (South Africa). Yearly height increments were calculated from the students that were constituted of at least four increments. A formula of the error of measurements was developed, to decide whether the curve was a significant peak or a non-significant peak. The results showed that among high socioeconomic status (HSES) Cape Coloured schoolchildren, some children had significant peaks in height increments, while others had non-significant peaks. Both urban and rural groups had individuals who experienced non-significant (low) peaks and significant (high) peaks. Only half of the HSES females experienced significant peaks. There were no significant differences between the averages of the peaks of those urban and rural Cape Coloured schoolchildren, despite the significant differences in their height averages.  

Keyword :

body height, adolescent, increments, peak, longitudinal study,

References :

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