Health and Educational Outcomes of Children Who Experienced Severe Neonatal Medical Complications

Glenna C. Boyce, Timothy B. Smith, Glendon Casto
1999 The Journal of Genetic Psychology  
To determine the long-term developmental and educational outcomes of a sample of low birthweight infants with intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), developmental assessments and interviews were conducted eight years after the initiation of an early intervention project. At the time of the follow-up, 62% of children were experiencing some developmental or behavior problems, with visual impairments, cerebral palsy, and attention deficits occurring most frequently. Grade of IVH and the number of days
more » ... the number of days spent in the neonatal intensive care unit were the best predictors of later developmental delays. The sample also scored below average on school achievement; approximately 30% of those in school were eligible for special education services. These findings corroborate results from investigations with similar populations, whose birth characteristics put them at-risk for subsequent developmental delay.
doi:10.1080/00221329909595397 pmid:10515065 fatcat:nf357v4wdnaivjmo2jf2stzdmi