A new study provides reassurance for parents that their short children will have no lasting effects from exposure to short jokes from their peers. It was found that short children are reportedly being teased by their peers.
However, such teasing did not appear to have any psychological effect or didn’t have any affect on their relationships with other children. It was also found that short kids are less likely to develop symptoms of depression when compared to other kids.
“The gist of our study is that parents and pediatricians should be reassured by this,” said study author Dr. Joyce Lee, an assistant professor in pediatric endocrinology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
“For kids below the 10th percentile [on standardized growth charts], there didn’t seem to be any significant outcomes in terms of popularity or in peer victimization reported by the teachers.”
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