Behavior problems in relation to sustained selective attention skills of moderately preterm children.

Kim Bul, Anneloes van Baar

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Abstract

Attention skills may form an important developmental mechanism. A mediation model was examined in which behavioral problems of moderately preterm and term children at school age are explained by attention performance. Parents and teachers completed behavioral assessments of 348 moderately preterm children and 182 term children at 8 years of age. Children were administered a test of sustained selective attention. Preterm birth was associated with more behavioral and attention difficulties. Gestational age, prenatal maternal smoking, and gender were associated with mothers’, fathers’, and teachers’ reports of children’s problem behavior. Sustained selective attention partially mediated the relationship between birth status and problem behavior. Development of attention skills should be an important focus for future research in moderately preterm children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-123
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • moderately preterm
  • late preterm
  • premature
  • attention skills
  • behavior problems
  • DSM IV
  • school age

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