Socioeconomic variation in the growth status of children in a subsistence agricultural community Academic Article uri icon


  • Socioeconomic variation in the growth status of 293 children, 6 through 13 years of age, from a rural subsistence agricultural community in southern Mexico was considered. Socioeconomic status was based on an index developed from landholdings, household goods, and occupation, and households were classified as high and low status. Growth measurements included weight, stature, sitting height, estimated leg length, arm and estimated arm muscle circumferences, triceps skinfold, and right gripping strength. The growth status of boys showed a clear socioeconomic differential, while that of girls did not. The results are consistent with the generalization that males are more influenced by environmental stresses than females, including, of course, the favorable stress of improved socioeconomic circumstances, even within seemingly single-class rural communities.

author list (cited authors)

  • Malina, R. M., Little, B. B., Buschang, P. H., DeMoss, J., & Selby, H. A.

citation count

  • 38

publication date

  • November 1985