ERIC Number: ED291179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Invulnerable High Risk Preterm Infants.
Pederson, David R.; And Others
In an effort to look at factors moderating the negative effects of preterm low birthweight and perinatal illness, the study followed up (at 7 and 12 months of age) 50 preterm infants whose cumulative morbidity score was greater than 100 and/or who had a life threatening complication. Home visits provided ratings of maternal sensitivity, the Bradley and Caldwell (1980) HOME inventory provided ratings of environmental quality, and developmental tests provided ratings of cognitive development. Results found that the quality of the infants' home environment combined with the severity and duration of perinatal illness were strongly associated with early cognitive development. The robustness associated with rapid recovery from early illness combined with a sensitive and stimulating caregiver appeared to be characteristics of resilience for high risk infants. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ontario Mental Health Foundation, Toronto
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Baltimore, MD, April 23-26, 1987). Also supported by a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Social and Community Services.