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Plasticity of human growth - a systematic review on psychosocial factors influencing growth

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posted on 16.11.2020, 09:21 by Oliver Niere, Lisa Spannemann, Patrick Stenzel, Barry Bogin, Michael Hermanussen, Christiane Scheffler
Background: This systematic review aimed at collecting, analyzing and summarizing scientific studies focusing on psychosocial factors that influence linear growth among humans. Methods: The online database "PubMed" was used in order to acquire suitable scientific studies. These studies were evaluated based on clearly defined criteria that determine whether a study was to be excluded or included in the literature review. In the end, a total sum of 36 studies remained, which were carefully analyzed and used to generate an overview of the association between psychosocial factors and linear growth. Results: In the 36 reviewed studies, different social and psychological factors, such as socioeconomic status, parental education or emotional deprivation were set in relation to physical growth among humans. The studies were listed and summarized, depending on the investigated psychosocial factor. A clear association between psychosocial factors and growth could be observed in most of the reviewed studies. Discussion: Based on the results of the reviewed studies it could be concluded that the regulation of linear growth is also subject to different psychosocial factors. The way in which the developing human and the specific social environment interact seemed to have a major impact on linear growth. Status-specific stress was discussed as one possible explanation for the regulating mechanism of human linear growth.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Anthropologischer Anzeiger

Volume

77

Issue

5

Pages

431 - 443

Publisher

Schweizerbart Science Publishers

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Schweizerbart Science Publishers under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Licence (CC BY-NC). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

Acceptance date

17/03/2020

Publication date

2020-05-20

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0003-5548

eISSN

2363-7099

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Barry Bogin Deposit date: 13 November 2020