This monograph from the Institute of Child Welfare of the University of California
designed to illustrate the processes of physical growth, sexual maturation, and differences in body builds among normal adolescents.
consists exclusively of half-tone reproductions of photographs of nude children, mostly serial photographs of the same children taken at different ages.
arrangement of the 400 original photographs in
figures emphasizes developmental changes within the same individuals and contrasts between different individuals. Save for figures 20 to 27, all the photographs assembled within any figure were taken under standard conditions and thus are directly comparable. A companion volume under the title,
adolescent period, a graphic atlas, Vol. XIV,
of this monograph series
consists exclusively of
the more substantial quantitative data on all the many aspects of the adolescent period. These two monographs are intended primarily
reference works for students and specialists in the many different fields of child development. They should also prove useful
supplementary material for courses in psychology, child development, education, physical education, sociology, public health, nursing education, and pediatrics. Charts and photographs have been assembled in separate monographs partly
a matter of convenient publication and partly to permit the more flexible use of the materials. Three considerations have governed the selection of the data of this monograph.
first concern has been to start with excellent original photographs and to give them the best possible reproduction. The selection
confined to the normal range of individual differences among normal children. Finally, all of the selections have the direct or indirect support of discussion in the scientific literature. Physical growth, sexual maturation and body builds are among the topics of critical importance for an understanding of child, and especially of adolescent development.
well-nigh fruitless to consider these topics without suitable photographic illustrations. Yet, published illustrative material is extremely limited.
available illustrations are also inaccessible and very poorly reproduced. Many faCtors have conspired to curtail the availability of this type of normative growth data. There
the minor detail that appropriate illustration involves expensive half-tones. More importantly, however, the collection of nude photographs of normal children requires very special circumstances and the utmost of tact and personal integrity. Both children and their parents must be confident that the anonymity of the individuals will be scrupulously maintained. Assembling serial nudes of the