ERIC Number: ED039017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep-2
Reference Count: 0
Malnutrition, Learning and Intellectual Development: Research and Remediation.
Ricciuti, Henry N.
After a discussion of the problem of malnutrition and its effect on intellectual development, this paper concentrates on the study of protein-calorie malnutrition in infants and children as it occurs in postnatal and subsequent development. An overview and summary of the principal investigations on the relationship of malnutrition to intellectual development is presented. Some studies focus on infants and children whose malnutrition required hospitalization and others consider nonhospitalized children suffering from malnutrition. The difficulties of defining and assessing protein-calorie malnutrition and separating its influence from other biological, social, and environmental conditions are emphasized. Examples of studies involving attempts to improve children's nutritional status by means of dietary intervention are also given. A discussion follows of the substantive and practical implications of the research studies. It is concluded that psychologists must continue to develop educational programs that facilitate the physical and psychological development of children both at home and in school. (DR)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Educational Labs.
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Cornell Research Program in Early Childhood Education.
Note: Paper presented at the annual meetings of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., September 2, 1969