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ERIC Number: EJ795467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 28
The Relationship between Health Status, Language Development, and Behavior in Young Children
Bryan, Tanis; Burstein, Karen; Chao, Pen-Chiang; Ergul, Cevriye
Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, v24 n2 p7-19 Spr 2006
The study investigated whether young children's health status is significantly related to their performance on measures of intelligence, language, and behavior, as well as parents' concerns, stress, and perceptions of their children's development. One hundred twelve 3 to 5 year-old children, recruited from a large pediatric practice and three developmental preschools, were assigned to groups based on their health status. A series of Analyses of Variance (ANOVAs) were used to examine differences between groups. The results showed that health status was strongly related to children's cognitive and language development, parents' stress, and parents' concerns. Children with special health care needs demonstrated poorer cognitive and language skills in comparison to healthy peers. Parents of children with special health care needs also experienced greater stress and had more concerns about their children's development than parents of healthy children. The results suggested that health status should be included as part of early identification screening programs and taken into account when developing Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for children with special needs. (Contains 2 tables.)
Division for Physical and Health Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. 1110 North Glebe Road Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201. Tel: 888-232-7733; TTY: 866-915-5000; Fax: 703-264-9494; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory; Parenting Stress Index; Test of Early Language Development; Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence