Journal article

Infant Regulation: Associations with Child Language Development in a Longitudinal Cohort

Fallon Cook, Laura Conway, Emina Omerovic, Petrea Cahir, Rebecca Giallo, Harriet Hiscock, Fiona Mensah, Lesley Bretherton, Edith Bavin, Patricia Eadie, Stephanie Brown, Sheena Reilly



OBJECTIVE: To determine whether infants who have regulatory problems (eg, sleeping, crying, and feeding problems) at 1 year of age are at increased risk of experiencing language difficulties at ages 5 and 11 years, compared with settled infants. STUDY DESIGN: Parent survey and child assessment data (n = 1131) were drawn from a longitudinal community cohort study. Latent Class Analysis identified 5 profiles of infant regulation including those who were settled (37%), had tantrums (21%), had sleep problems (25%), were moderately unsettled (13%), and severely unsettled (3%) at 12 months of age. Adjusted regression analyses examined associations between infant regulatory profiles and language ab..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by Melbourne Children's LifeCourse - Royal Children's Hospital Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

Supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (237106, 9436958, and 1041947) and small grants from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University. R.G., H.H., F.M., S.B., and S.R. were supported by fellowships from the NHMRC. L.C. and F.C. were supported by Melbourne Children's LifeCourse postdoctoral fellowships, funded by Royal Children's Hospital Foundation (#2018-984). Research at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. The funding organizations are independent of all researchers and had no role in the design and conduct of the study; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data; or in the decision to submit the article for publication or in the preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript. The authors declare no conflicts of interest.