Measured versus reported parental height

F. Cizmecioglu, A. Doherty, W.F. Paterson, D. Young, M.D.C. Donaldson

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Parental height data are essential in the assessment of linear growth in children. A number of studies have documented inaccuracy in self-reported adult height. Two hundred parents (100 males; 100 females), mean (range) age 37.8 (20.8-69.3) years, were measured. Males overestimated height, with mean (SD) RHt-MHt 1.09 (1.96) cm, while females reported height relatively accurately, with RHt-MHt -0.09 (2.37) cm. The hypothesis that males overestimate height is confirmed. While the hypothesis that women underestimate is not supported, we recommend accurate measurement of both parents, given the considerable degree of individual variation in RHt-MHt for both sexes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)941-942
Number of pages2
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005


  • parental height
  • self-reported height
  • height measurement
  • genetic height potential
  • height
  • statisticsl modelling science
  • measured versus reported


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