Development of Infants “At Risk” and Psychosocial Conditions: Results of a Prospective Study

  • Gerhard Neuhauser
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 161)


The development of infants “at risk” because of prenatal or perinatal complications or both is influenced not only by somatic factors, such as cerebral lesion or physical handicap, but also by psychosocial variables. During a prospective study of children from the neonatal intensive ward, neuromotor and intellectual abilities were assessed and socioeconomic as well as psychosocial variables were analyzed. The development of children was influenced by family relationships and parental interactions; different types of families could be characterized, and there were different developmental courses in regard to neurological findings and family dynamics as well. The results have implications for planning measures of early intervention — it is necessary to provide help not only for children but also for their parents and their families to encourage integration and normalization.


Down Syndrome Psychosocial Variable Marital Relationship Family Dynamic Developmental Progress 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerhard Neuhauser
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeuropediatricsUniversity of GiessenGiessenGermany

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