Plasticity of adolescent growth in boys

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  • Plasticity of Adolescent Growth in BoysMICHAEL HERMANUSSEN*Aschauhof 3, 24340 Altenhof, Germany

    ABSTRACT The present analysis examines the plasticity of adolescentgrowth in 21 selected historic and recent growth studies from 6 Europeancountries, the U.S., and Japan, during the last 150 years. Mean stature at theage of 6 years has significantly increased by approximately 6 mm per decade(P < 0.05), whereas adult stature has risen by approximately 10 mm perdecade (P < 0.01). Developmental tempo has also increased. Mean age attake-off significantly dropped by approximately 2 years per century (P

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