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Born preterm: Socioemotional adjustment in relation toneruopsychological functioning at age 18
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Astrid Lindgrens Barnsjukhus.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2009 (English)In: Abstracts Presented at the International Neuropsychological Society, Finnish Neuropsychological Society Joint Mid-Year Meeting July 29-August 1, 2009 Helsinki, Finland & Tallinn, Estonia, 2009, 75-75 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: The Stockholm Neonatal Project is a prospective longitudinal study of children born prematurely in 1988-93, with very low birth weight (<1500 g, VLBW). Currently, all children with VLBW (n=182) and matched controls born at term (n=125), who participated in the previous follow-up at age 5 1/2 years, are invited to a psychological assessment at age 18.

PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: The assessment involves neuropsychological tests as well as self-report measures of health and adjustment, interpersonal relations, school performance, interests and quality of life. As a complement, parents are asked to complete a rating scale of their child’s health, adjustment and educational record, as well as self-report measures of their own well-being and possible parental stress.

RESULTS: Half-way through the data collection, preliminary neuropsychological results suggest that at age 18, the preterm group tends to score >1 SD below the controls on tests of visuo-spatial ability, executive functions, and speed, whereas no systematic group differences have been observed in the verbal domain. According to self-reports from SDQ and YSR/CBCL, the preterm group has a higher incidence of peer problems and lower self-rated competence than controls, a picture that is supported by the parental reports. Qualitative data indicate that the preterm group may be less socially active and more home-bound. When controlling for overall cognitive functioning, most group differences in socio-emotional adjustment disappear, although parents of prematurely born adolescents still tend to report more concerns.

CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that socio-emotional adjustment may be closely linked to long-term neuropsychological outcome in adolescents with a history of premature birth.

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2009. 75-75 p.
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neuropsych*, development, preterm birth
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-35306OAI: diva2:286928
Stockholm Neonatal Project
Supported by FAS/Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (2006-0936) and Vårdal Foundation (2007-B100).Available from: 2010-01-15 Created: 2010-01-15

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