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Comparison between Actual and Perceived Height of Parents of Children with Short Stature and Controls

Author(s): Collett-Solberg PauloF | Collett-Solberg PedroR

Journal: International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology
ISSN 1687-9848

Volume: 2009;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 919405;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Objectives. We investigate whether parents complaining of their children's short stature have misconception of their height. Methods. Parents were asked to report their own height and were then measured. We compared the difference between reported and actual height of parents of children with short stature (CSS) with that of parents coming for a well child care visit (WCC) and parents of children referred to the endocrinologist without short stature (Endo). The accuracy of reported height from short (below 25%) and tall (above 75%) parents was compared. Results. The CSS fathers were shorter than WCC (P.01) fathers. The CSS mothers were shorter than the Endo (P.01) and WCC (P.001) mothers. There was no difference between reported and actual height when comparing the groups based on the reason for the visit or based on the parental height. Conclusions. Parents of CSS and short parents do not have a misconception of their height.
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