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Methods in Human Growth Research


Part of Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

G. Gilli, J. H. Himes, L. Molinari, T. Gasser, E. A. Frongillo, N. Cameron, B. Zemel, E. Barden, D. Gervini, R. C. Hauspie, R. D. Bock, H. C. du Toit, G. Verleye, M.-J. Ireton, J. C. Carrillo, A. Baxter-Jones, B. Mirwald, S. A. Czerwinski, B. Towne, J. K. Vermunt, J. A. Hagenaars
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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521183819

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  • In order to gain an understanding of the dynamics of human individual and average growth patterns it is essential that the right methods are selected. There are a variety of methods available to analyse individual growth patterns, to estimate variation in different growth measures in populations and to relate genetic and environmental factors to individual and average growth. This volume provides an overview of modern techniques for the assessment and collection of growth data and methods of analysis for individual and population growth data. The book contains the basic mathematical and statistical tools required to understand the concepts of the methods under discussion and worked examples of analyses, but it is neither a mathematical treatise, nor a recipe book for growth data analysis. Aimed at junior and senior researchers involved in the analysis of human growth data, this book will be an essential reference for anthropologists, auxologists and paediatricians.

    • Was the first book on the field of methods in human growth research, rather than on growth per se
    • Written for both junior and senior researchers who need to know which is the most appropriate method for the specific situation in hand
    • Gives just enough mathematical formulation and worked examples to understand the concepts, but emphasizes the possibilities, limitations and applicability of the methods
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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521183819
    • length: 414 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface G. Gilli
    Part I. Growth Data and Growth Studies: Characteristics and Methodological Issues:
    1. Why study child growth and maturation J. H. Himes
    2. The human growth curve: distance, velocity and acceleration L. Molinari and T. Gasser
    3. Sampling for growth studies and using growth data to assess, monitor and survey disease in epidemiological settings E. A. Frongillo
    4. Measuring growth N. Cameron
    5. Measuring maturity N. Cameron
    6. Measuring body composition B. Zemel and E. Barden
    Part II. Non-Parametric and Parametric Approaches for Individual Growth:
    7. Kernel estimation, shape-invariant modeling and structural analysis T. Gasser, D. Gervini and L. Molinari
    8. Parametric models for postnatal growth R. C. Hauspie and L. Molinari
    9. Parameter estimation in the context of non-linear longitudinal growth models R. D. Bock and H. C. du Toit
    Part III. Methods for Population Growth:
    10. Uni- and bi-variate growth references E. A. Frongillo
    11. Latent variables and structural equation models G. Verleye, M.-J. Ireton, J. C. Carrillo and R. C. Hauspie
    12. Multilevel modelling A. Baxter-Jones and B. Mirwald
    Part IV. Special Topics:
    13. Methods for the study of the genetics of growth and development S. A. Czerwinski and B. Towne
    14. Prediction N. Cameron
    15. Ordinal longitudinal data analysis J. K. Vermunt and J. A. Hagenaars.

  • Editors

    Roland C. Hauspie, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

    Noël Cameron, Loughborough University

    Luciano Molinari, Kinderspital Zürich


    G. Gilli, J. H. Himes, L. Molinari, T. Gasser, E. A. Frongillo, N. Cameron, B. Zemel, E. Barden, D. Gervini, R. C. Hauspie, R. D. Bock, H. C. du Toit, G. Verleye, M.-J. Ireton, J. C. Carrillo, A. Baxter-Jones, B. Mirwald, S. A. Czerwinski, B. Towne, J. K. Vermunt, J. A. Hagenaars

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