Sunday, January 03, 2010
Some unpleasant anthropometric arithmetic
Posted by Kevin Denny
Patterns in- and correlates of- height is something that has featured in this blog regularly. Seeing this is the New Year I thought I would start with a good new story.
The graph below is a kernel regression of "malaise" a measure of low mood (due to Rutter I think) & height, measured at age 23. So great news if you are tall...
Patterns such as this have been noticed before (refs below) but knowing how to interpret it is trickier. Is it because of stigma or prejudice - remember the (in)famous Randy Newman song? Or is it a marker for bad early life conditions à la Barker perhaps? I don't know, off hand, how one might distinguish between these two hypotheses.
Martel L.F. & H.B. Biller (1987) Stature and Stigma Lexington: Lexington Press
Stack S. & I. Wasserman (1996) Height and risk of suicide Journal of Social Psychology