Title: Prediction of adult height in girls: the Beunen-Malina-Freitas method
Authors: Beunen, Gaston ×
Malina, Robert M
Freitas, Duarte L
Thomis, Martine
Maia, José A
Claessens, Albrecht
Gouveia, Elvio R
Maes, Hermine
Lefevre, Johan #
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Publisher: Taylor Francis Health Sciences
Series Title: Journal of Sports Sciences vol:29 issue:15 pages:1683-91
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to validate and cross-validate the Beunen-Malina-Freitas method for non-invasive prediction of adult height in girls. A sample of 420 girls aged 10-15 years from the Madeira Growth Study were measured at yearly intervals and then 8 years later. Anthropometric dimensions (lengths, breadths, circumferences, and skinfolds) were measured; skeletal age was assessed using the Tanner-Whitehouse 3 method and menarcheal status (present or absent) was recorded. Adult height was measured and predicted using stepwise, forward, and maximum R (2) regression techniques. Multiple correlations, mean differences, standard errors of prediction, and error boundaries were calculated. A sample of the Leuven Longitudinal Twin Study was used to cross-validate the regressions. Age-specific coefficients of determination (R (2)) between predicted and measured adult height varied between 0.57 and 0.96, while standard errors of prediction varied between 1.1 and 3.9 cm. The cross-validation confirmed the validity of the Beunen-Malina-Freitas method in girls aged 12-15 years, but at lower ages the cross-validation was less consistent. We conclude that the Beunen-Malina-Freitas method is valid for the prediction of adult height in girls aged 12-15 years. It is applicable to European populations or populations of European ancestry.
ISSN: 0264-0414
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Physical Activity, Sports & Health Research Group
Exercise Physiology Research Group
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