DIFFERENCES IN THE INCREASE OF MORPHOLOGICAL MEASURES OF BOYS AND GIRLS MEASURED IN 2012 AND 2014

Darko Stojanović, Dragan Perić, Ratomir Đurašković & Toplica Stojanović

Tracking the student growth and development during the school age years enables us to assess the regularity of the developmental period. The increase in body measurements is different in pre-adolescent and adolescent boys and girls. The aim of this study was to determine the differences in the increase of absolute and relative values of longitudinal and transversal measurements of the boys’ and girls' skeleton over a period of two years, measured in 2012 and 2014, in subjects who were 8 and 10 years of age. Determination of differences was done by means of the analysis of variance from the statistical package Statistica 7.0 for Windows. The results suggest that at the multivariate level there are no differences in the increase of the longitudinal and transversal measurements of the skeleton between the sexes, while at the univariate level, it was observed that the differences in the increase of body height and the absolute value of hand length were more prominent in girls, and the increase of hips relative width was more prominent in boys. In conclusion, it can be stated that in the two-year period the girls had a greater increase in body height and arm length, and the boys had greater increase in hips width relative values, which is informative and statistically significant.

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