jan_29 - Physical Growth and Development Why study physical...

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Physical Growth and Development Why study physical growth and development? Why do I care? Auxology - the study of biological growth Pediatrics/child health Public health Education Theory and scientific curiosity Understand past, present, future
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Growth : Quantitative increase in size or mass of cells,organs, or the whole organism. Hypertrophy, hyperplasia Development/maturation: morphology, function and complexity Progression of changes, either quantitative or qualitative that lead from an undifferentiated or immature state to a highly organized, specialized, mature state. Physical Growth and Development Definitions: Physical changes and maturation will be our focus.
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Growth : Attained size. A history of growth. Quantitative Development/maturation: Assessed in qualitative terms generally. Physical Growth and Development Measurement: A major distinction between size and development is that all children eventually achieve the same adult maturity, whereas adult size and body dimensions vary considerably.
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Early maturing or late maturing based on a population norm. Physical Growth and Development
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course AANT 319 taught by Professor White during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Albany.

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