Somatometric Method for Predicting the Onset of Puberty

  • G. A. Angelov


It is well known that children vary greatly in the age at which they reach different developmental landmarks, such as the onset of puberty, menarche, etc. This variability reflects the difference between the biological and chronological age of the growing child. The time a pubertal event is most likely to occur for an individual child can be predicted if data for the respective population are known. However, such prognosis based only on chronological age ranges up to 5 years (Marshall, 1974). The error can be reduced if additional information is properly used. Various criteria have been employed as prognostic indicators but none except somatotype was used for prediction of the onset of puberty. Skeletal maturation is reliable and a commonly used indicator for predicting the age at menarche but there is no evidence that it is useful in predicting the onset of puberty (Marshall, 1974; Malina, 1978). A prediction of the onset of puberty is possible from somatotype alone, but not sufficiently accurate. As a result of the present study, a method based on a set of somatometric measurements and indices was developed which makes the prediction more precise.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Anderson, M., Hwang, S.C. and Green, W.T., 1965, Growth of the normal trunk in boys and girls during the 2nd decade of life related to age, maturity and ossification of the iliac epiphyses. J. Bone and Joint Surgery, 47A: 1554–1564.Google Scholar
  2. Angelov, G.A., 1975, Sur la persistance du type constitutionnel de base et le caractère de certaines de ses modifications durant la puberté. Comptes Rendus de l’Académie Bulgare des Sciences 28, 8: 1137–1140.Google Scholar
  3. Baumann, G., 1976, Appréciation de l’obésité et de la maigreur en anthropologie médicale chez l’adulte. Thèse de la Faculté de Médecine de Genève.Google Scholar
  4. Keiter, F., 1964, Morphologie and Veterschaft. Deut, Med. Wochschr., Heft 28.Google Scholar
  5. Malna, R.M., 1978, Adolescent growth and maturation: Selected aspects of current research. Yearbook Phys. Anthrop., 21: 63–94.Google Scholar
  6. Marshall, W.A., 1974, Interrelationships of skeletal maturation, sexual development and somatic growth in man. Anna Human Biol, 1: 29–40.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Vague, J., 1953, La différenciation sexuelle humaine. Masson, Paris.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. A. Angelov
    • 1
  1. 1.Medical Research DivisionAmerican Cyanamid Company Pearl RiverNew YorkUSA

Personalised recommendations