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H o w does one convert case study data into group data? W e engage these and other questions, conscious that they convey the warp and w o o f o f p r o g r a m m a t i c research on human development in the earliest years. Finally, we respond to some o f the intellectual questions. Is there an alternative to chi-square as a research t o o l ? W h a t multivariate techniques are currently available, and h o w does one c o m b i n e discrete and continuous 27 28 3. PROCEDURES J data? By what steps do test results on a given child, plus those from several hundred other boys and girls c o m e together and, in turn, get c o m b i n e d with a data analytic system within a computer?

7 ) . Physical Variables. Height to one-quarter inch and weight t o onequarter p o u n d were gathered by standardized procedures, using calibrated instruments, and supervised by a staff nurse. At birth and 6 m o n t h s recumbent length was used. Intellectual Criteria. T h e following measures o f intellectual development were employed. At 2 years, four subscores o f the Preschool Attainment R e c o r d (Doll, 1 9 5 8 ) were employed. T h r o u g h an interview technique, w e went to great pains to turn test items into direct measures o f child perform a n c e whenever possible.

T h e alterations in morphology are m a n y ; velocity o f change is itself changeable, as at puberty. T o assess such matters there is a large set o f indices c o m b i n i n g external measures o f growth in height and weight. E x a m p l e s go b a c k as far as 1 8 3 6 , and include, for e x a m p l e , the ponderal index, T u x f o r d ' s and Quetelet's indexes, and dribble off into endless c o m b i n a t i o n s o f measures between points o f the skeleton. W e have calculated a n u m b e r o f the morphological ratios for our data set, but report here stature in inches and weight in pounds as unequivocal measures o f h o w the physical body changes.

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