Behavioural adjustment in school of very low birthweight children

J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 1997 Mar;38(3):315-25. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1997.tb01516.x.


The school-based behavioural adjustment at 7-8 years of a cohort of 243 prematurely born, very low birthweight (< 1501 g) children and their normal birthweight controls is reported. The findings indicate that the children born preterm (both male and female) were rated by their teachers as expressing more behaviour problems than their controls, and were less well adjusted to the school environment. The deficits noted in the preterms applied across the social classes, with no amelioration noted in preterms of higher social class. It is speculated that the problem behaviours reflect a failure in self-regulatory functions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / diagnosis*
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / psychology
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Very Low Birth Weight / psychology*
  • Internal-External Control
  • Learning Disabilities / diagnosis
  • Learning Disabilities / psychology
  • Male
  • Social Adjustment
  • Social Class