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Behaviour problems and developmental status of 3-month-old infants in relation to organic and psychosocial risks

  • Günter Esser
  • Manfred Laucht
  • Martin Schmidt
  • Walter Löffler
  • Arnulf Reiser
  • Rosa-Maria Stöhr
  • Diana Weindrich
  • Hiltrud Weinel
Original Articles

Summary

In a prospective longitudinal study starting at birth 384 infants and their families were investigated. The subjects were distributed across the nine cells of a two-factorial design (3 × 3), factor 1 representing the degree of organic, factor 2 the degree of psychosocial risk. At age 3 months there was a significant influence of organic risk factors on all developmental parameters. Psychosocial risks were only relevant for cognitive development and behaviour problems. Organic high-risk children who adapted quickly after birth showed an especially good development status.

Key words

High-risk infants Pathogenesis Neuropsychiatric disorders Longitudinal study 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Günter Esser
    • 1
  • Manfred Laucht
    • 1
  • Martin Schmidt
    • 1
  • Walter Löffler
    • 1
  • Arnulf Reiser
    • 1
  • Rosa-Maria Stöhr
    • 1
  • Diana Weindrich
    • 1
  • Hiltrud Weinel
    • 1
  1. 1.Zentralinstitut für Seelische GesundheitKinder- und Jugendpsychiatrische KlinikMannheim 1Germany

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