updated 9/7/2004 4:54:21 PM ET 2004-09-07T20:54:21

Being short -- or tall, for that matter -- doesn’t appear to have a bearing on a child’s popularity. That’s according to a study conducted by researchers at New York’s state University at Buffalo.

In the study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that height plays no role in the number of friendships very short or very tall children have or their adjustment in life.

The study results could add to the controversy over the treatment of healthy short children with human growth hormone to make them taller.

Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a drug for very short children. The decision was based partly on the belief that short stature is emotionally disabling for children.

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