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Scientifica - Volume 2015 2015, Article ID 893489, 9 pages -

Research Article

Occupational Medicine Department, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd 8175665563, Iran

Physical Medicine Department, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Received 1 June 2015; Accepted 30 August 2015

Academic Editor: Malgorzata Wasniewska

Copyright © 2015 Amir Houshang Mehrparvar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. We measured some anthropometric dimensions of Iranian guidance school students selected from different ethnicities. Background. Anthropometric dimensions are used for design of equipment, furniture, and clothing. Furniture with inappropriate design not fulfilling the users’ anthropometric dimensions may have a negative effect on health. Method. A total of 7400 Iranian guidance school students aged 12–14 years entered the study and their static anthropometric dimensions were measured. Descriptive statistics such as mean, standard deviation, and key percentiles were calculated. All dimensions were compared among different ethnicities and different genders. Results. This study showed significant differences in a set of 22 anthropometric dimensions regarding gender, age, and ethnicity. Conclusion. According to the results of this study, difference between genders and among different ethnicities should be taken into account by designers and manufacturers of guidance school furniture. Application. This study has prepared a data bank of anthropometric dimensions of 12–14-year-old students which can be used as basic information to find appropriate dimensions of school furniture.

Author: Amir Houshang Mehrparvar, Rahmatollah Hafezi, Seyyed Jalil Mirmohammadi, Mehrdad Mostaghaci, and Mohammad Hossein Davari



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