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Longitudinal study of the development of children born preterm in the first year of post-natal age / Estudo longitudinal do desenvolvimento de crianças nascidas pré-termo no primeiro ano pós-natal

Author(s): Fabíola Dantas Andréz Nobre | Ana Emília Vita Carvalho | Francisco Eulógio Martinez | Maria Beatriz Martins Linhares

Journal: Psicologia : Reflexão e Crítica
ISSN 0102-7972

Volume: 22;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 362;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Pre-term | Very low weight | Development | Health

The aim of the study was to assess the development of children born preterm and to compare the performance in the ranges of 5-7 and 10-14 months of corrected age. The children's development indicators and the variables of neonatal period and familial environment were correlated. Thirty children were assessed by Denver-II. The caregivers were interviewed and the medical chart was examined. Twenty per cent of children presented risk for developmental problems at 5-7 months, and 27% at 10-14 months. There was statistical significant difference between ages in language, with high risk at 10-14. The children with lower birthweight, lower gestational age, longer time stay in the hospital, and with adverse family situations showed higher risk for developmental problems.
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