ERIC Number: ED329075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Summary of the Infant Monitoring Project. Polk County, Oregon.
Teaching Research Infant and Child Center Newsletter, v17 n2 Nov 1989
The Infant Monitoring Project was initiated in Polk County, Oregon, to address the need for monitoring the development of infants and young children designated as "at risk." The project involved a cooperative effort between the Polk County Health Department and the Teaching Research Division of the Oregon State System of Higher Education. The project used a series of questionnaires mailed at intervals to parents to measure infant development from birth through age 3, without involving professionals or transporting the child to a test site. A total of 755 questionnaires covering biological and environmental risk factors and family history were distributed over a 2-year period, and 500 were returned. Overall, 11% of the questionnaires showed abnormal results, while the project as a whole showed that lack of parenting skills were a high predictor of developmental problems. The project led to the development of a parent support group and referrals to local physicians. Concern is expressed about the number of children who may "fall through the cracks" in this type of screening program. (JDD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Teaching Research Infant and Child Center, Monmouth, OR.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon