Health and behaviour problems at 8 weeks as predictors of behaviour problems at 8 months
UNSPECIFIED. (1999) Health and behaviour problems at 8 weeks as predictors of behaviour problems at 8 months. ARCHIVES OF DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD, 81 (2). pp. 166-168. ISSN 0003-9888Full text not available from this repository.
Objective-To assess the value of health and behavioural problems at 8 weeks as predictors of behavioural problems at 8 months in a whole year birth cohort. Study design-Prospective birth cohort study.
Setting-The socially and ethnically diverse city of Coventry.
Main outcome-Parent reported behavioural problems at 8 months.
Method-Parent reported infant health and behaviour data were collected, using a validated questionnaire administered by the family health visitor at 8 weeks and 8 months, on 1541 infants participating in the Coventry cohort study. Sociodemographic data were collected at the health visitor's initial visit. Unadjusted relative risks (with 95% confidence intervals (CI)) of behaviour problems at 8 months by sociodemographic variables and health and behavioural problems at 8 weeks were estimated. Adjustment for confounding was made by logistic regression.
Results-Infants reported to have behavioural problems at 8 weeks had a significant risk of parent reported behavioural problems at 8 months (adjusted relative risk, 3.44; 95% CI, 1.95 to 6.09) after adjustment for other health outcomes and sociodemographic factors. Of infants with behavioural problems by 8 weeks of age, 19.1% were reported to have behavioural problems at 8 months.
Conclusions-Infants whose parents report behaviour problems by 8 weeks of age are at higher risk of behavioural problems at 8 months. However, despite the higher risk, the proportions of infants identified by behaviour at 8 weeks were too small for the early outcomes to be useful as predictors of behaviour at 8 months in the whole infant population.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||ARCHIVES OF DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD|
|Publisher:||BRITISH MED JOURNAL PUBL GROUP|
|Official Date:||August 1999|
|Number of Pages:||3|
|Page Range:||pp. 166-168|
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