Methods in Human Growth Research

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This volume is a review of up-to-date methods used in human growth research. Aimed at junior and senior researchers in human biology, anthropology, epidemiology and pediatrics involved in the analysis of normal and pathological growth and development data, it focuses on concepts, possibilities, limitations and applications.
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ROLAND HAUSPIE is Professor of Human Biology in the Laboratory of Anthropogenetics at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium.

NOEL CAMERON is Professor of Human Biology in the Department of Human Sciences at Loughborough University, UK.

LUCIANO MOLINARI is Senior Researcher in the Department of Paediatrics at the University Children's Hospital in Z├╝rich, Switzerland.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Growth data and growth studies : characteristics and methodological issues
1 Why study child growth and maturation? 3
2 The human growth curve : distance, velocity and acceleration 27
3 Sampling for growth studies and using growth data to assess, monitor and survey disease in epidemiological settings 55
4 Measuring growth 68
5 Measuring maturity 108
6 Measuring body composition 141
Pt. II Non-parametric and parametric approaches for individual growth
7 Kernel estimation, shape-invariant modelling and structural analysis 179
8 Parametric models for postnatal growth 205
9 Parameter estimation in the context of non-linear longitudinal growth models 234
Pt. III Methods for population growth
10 Univariate and bivariate growth references 261
11 Latent variables and structural equation models 287
12 Multilevel modelling 306
Pt. IV Special topics
13 Methods for the study of the genetics of growth and development 333
14 Prediction 354
15 Ordinal longitudinal data analysis 374
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