Disordered behavior in the early-born Taiwan Yucheng children

Chemosphere. Nov-Dec 1994;29(9-11):2413-22. doi: 10.1016/0045-6535(94)90410-3.


Behavioral problems were evaluated in Taiwanese children who were born between July 1978 and June 1985 to women who had consumed rice oil that was contaminated by heat-degraded polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). One hundred and eighteen such children, referred to as 'the early-born Yucheng children', and matched controls were followed with the Chinese version of Rutter's Child Behavior Scale A annually from 1985 to 1991. At any fixed age, the early-born Yucheng children had mean Rutter behavior scores 1.75 to 2.40 points higher (14-38% worse) than that of their controls. The effects were similar in the health, habit, and behavioral subscores and persistent as the children aged.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / chemically induced*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Food Contamination*
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maternal-Fetal Exchange
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls / poisoning*
  • Pregnancy
  • Taiwan


  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls