Journal article

Influence of Gestational Age and Working Memory on Math Skills in Children Aged 8 to 9 Years

Stephanie Brown, Jon Quach, Peter J Anderson, Fiona Mensah, Gehan Roberts

JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL PEDIATRICS | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Prematurity affects children's functioning in domains such as cognitive skills and math skills. However, there is limited research examining math skills as gestational age (GA) increases weekly. We aimed at determining, in a population-based cohort of children aged 8 to 9 years, the association between the GA spectrum and math skills and working memory's (WM's) role in this relationship. METHODS: Children aged 8 to 9 years in 2014 (n = 1761), from 44 primary schools in a metropolitan city, were recruited through the Memory Maestros study in 2012. GA was measured using the parent report. Math skills were measured using the Wide Range Achievement Test 4 math computation subtest (mea..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health Medical Research Council


Awarded by Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award


Awarded by NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

The Memory Maestros trial was funded by the Australian National Health Medical Research Council (Project Grant: 1005317). The researchers acknowledge salary support as follows: Associate Prof. Roberts, Murdoch Children's Research Institute Career Development Award; Dr. Quach, Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award (DE140100751); Prof. Wake, NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (1046518) and Cure Kids New Zealand; Prof. Anderson, NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (1081288); and Dr. Mensah, NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (1111160). Research at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Program.