Journal article

Early Emergence of Behavior and Social-Emotional Problems in Very Preterm Infants

Alicia J Spittle, Karli Treyvaud, Lex W Doyle, Gehan Roberts, Katherine J Lee, Terrie E Inder, Jeanie LY Cheong, Rod W Hunt, Carol A Newnham, Peter J Anderson

Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2009

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Children born very preterm are reported to have an increased frequency of social, emotional, and behavioral problems at school age compared with their peers born at term. The primary aim of this study was to compare social-emotional difficulties and competencies of very preterm and full-term children at 2 years' corrected age. In addition, the relation between perinatal variables and early behavior problems was also examined to help identify those very preterm children most at risk. METHOD: At 2 years' corrected age, the parents of 188 very preterm (gestational age <30 weeks or birth weight or=37 weeks) children completed the Infant Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment to deter..

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