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Health-related quality of life of children with low language from early childhood to adolescence: results from an Australian longitudinal population-based study

Ha ND Le, Fiona Mensah, Patricia Eadie, Cristina McKean, Emma Sciberras, Edith L Bavin, Sheena Reilly, Lisa Gold



BACKGROUND: Low language abilities are known to be associated with significant adverse long-term outcomes. However, associations between low language and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) are unclear. We aimed to (a) examine the association between low language and HRQoL from 4 to 13 years and (b) classify the children's trajectories of HRQoL and language and examine the association between language and HRQoL trajectories. METHODS: Data were from an Australian community-based cohort of children. HRQoL was measured at ages 4-13 years using the parent-reported Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0. Language was assessed using the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals (CELF)-Presc..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Early Language in Victoria Study was funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). F.M. was supported by NHMRC Early Career and Career Development Fellowships (#1037449 and #1111160), S.R. by Practitioner Fellowship (#1041892) and E.S. by a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (#1110688) and a Veski Inspiring Women's Fellowship. The contents of the published material herein are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not reflect the views of the NHMRC. Research at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The authors thank all ELVS participating families and researchers. The authors have declared that they have no competing or potential conflicts of interest.