Korean Journal of Pediatrics 2008;51(3):248-255.
Published online March 15, 2008.
A study on the attitudes of middle school students concerning height
Won Derk Lee, Jae Wook Lieu, Jun Wha Lee, Joo Seok Lee, Kyung Lae Cho
Department of Pediatrics, Masan Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Masan, Korea
중학교 2학년 학생들의 키에 대한 인식 연구
이원덕, 유재욱, 이준화, 이주석, 조경래
성균관대학교 의과대학 마산삼성병원 소아청소년과
Correspondence: 
Kyung Lae Cho, Email: pedikyung@yahoo.co.kr
Abstract
Purpose
: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the attitudes of middle-school students about height and their behaviors related to height gain.
Methods
: One thousand four hundred twenty two middle-school students were included. We requested that the students complete a battery of questionnaires asking about problems associated with height.
Results
: There was a clear difference between real height and desired height. Most students (83.7%) had height dissatisfaction. Most students (91.1%) were concerned about their height. Few students made efforts to improve their height, even though most students had height dissatisfaction and were concerned about their height. Herbal medicine had a tendency to become popularized in treatments for height. Students generally did not judge their friends by height, but there was a small tendency to ignore shorter friends and to feel a sense of inferiority around taller friends. Most students had a greater desire to have a beautiful face than a good body, especially to be tall. Most students thought that there would be some handicaps in life if they had a short stature.
Conclusion
: The attitudes and concerns about height in adolescence should be understood, and recognized as one aspect of treatment for problems associated with height.
Key Words: Height


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