Sexual dimorphism in mandibular growth of French‐Canadian children 6 to 10 years of age Academic Article uri icon


  • Polynomial regression is used to model the mandibular growth of 28 girls and 26 boys who were followed longitudinally from 6 to 10 years of age. The pooled-within individual designs indicate that ramus height follows a linear pattern of size increase; corpus and total mandibular lengths display curvilineal, decelerating, patterns of growth over the age range. Multivariate analyses of variance reveal significant sex differences in size, favoring boys, for the two length measures at 6 years of age. Growth velocity for corpus length is also significantly greater in boys than in girls. Sexual dimorphism in the growth of total mandibular length is more complex, including differences in velocity and deceleration. Ramus height shows no significant pattern of variation between boys and girls for either size or growth velocity.

author list (cited authors)

  • Buschang, P. H., Tanguay, R., Demirjian, A., la Palme, L., & Goldstein, H.

citation count

  • 15

publication date

  • September 1986