ERIC Number: ED217981
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Early Malnutrition on Subsequent Behavioral Development. II: Classroom Behavior.
Galler, Janina R.; And Others
The classroom behaviors of 129 Barbadian children (77 boys and 52 girls) ages 5 to 11 years, who had suffered from moderate to severe protein-energy malnutrition in the first year of life were compared with children with no history of malnutrition. Data were gathered from questionnaires administered to teachers who were unaware of the children's previous nutritional history. The results demonstrated that when compared to the matched sample of non-malnourished children, the previously malnourished children had attention deficits, reduced social skills, poorer physical appearance, and emotional instability. The behavioral deficits associated with prior malnutrition were independent of IQ and were experienced to a greater extent by boys. Socioeconomic conditions at the time of the study contributed little to the behavioral deficits of the previously malnourished children, as compared with the large contribution of the history of early malnutrition or the conditions producing it. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Boston Univ., MA. School of Medicine.
Identifiers: Barbados; Protein Deficiency
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982). Print is marginally legible.