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ERIC Number: ED073188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 25
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Malnutrition and Psychological Development.
Ricciuti, Henry N.
What is the status of our present knowledge concerning the influence of malnutrition on intellectual development, learning, and behavior in children? This paper focuses primarily on an identification of some of the major issues and questions which are of concern to investigators in the field. The major concern of this review is with undernutrition, or malnutrition produced essentially by an insufficiency of protein and calories in the child's diet, commonly referred to as "protein-calorie malnutrition," which is regarded by many as the most serious nutritional problem on a world wide basis. Some consideration is also given to recent research on specific nutritional deficiencies and intellectual development. Several groups of studies are reviewed: (1) studies of protein-calorie malnutrition severe enough to markedly curtail physical growth, and to require hospitalization in the first several years of life; (2) studies of children having experience of more moderate, chronic malnutrition, judged usually on the basis of restricted physical growth; (3) studies of current efforts to evaluate the effects of various types of experimental intervention aimed at preventing or remedying the adverse consequences of malnutrition; and, (4) studies of relationships between intellectual functioning and specific deficiencies in such nutrients as iron or vitamins. (Author/JM)
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Note: based on addresses at the annual meetings of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., September 1971 and of the Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Disease, New York, N.Y., December 1971