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Persistence and change of developmental and psychosocial problems of preterm born children

Researcher: Hornman, J
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Research period: 2014-2017
Financier: -

Summary:

Worldwide, 11 percent of the children are born prematurely (<36 weeks gestational age). Preterm-born children’s mortality rates are decreasing, but they are still at increased risk of long-term developmental and psychosocial problems. However, problems at one age are not always associated with problems at another age; problems may emerge or resolve. Insight in the persistence and change of these problems may improve the effectiveness of follow-up and interventions of preterm-born children. However, the persistence and change of preterm’s long-term problems are still unclear. Furthermore, the persistence and change may also vary within the preterm group. Therefore, with this MD/PhD, I want to assess the persistence and change of developmental and psychosocial problems of preterm-born children in comparison with term-born children.


The persistence and change of developmental and emotional/behavioral problems will be determined at ages 4 and 5 years (at school entry), with children from the LOLLIPOP study. Furthermore, we hope to determine other predictors that influence the persistence and change of developmental problems in preterm-born children. At ages 11 and 19 years, the persistence and change of executive function will be determined in a group children from the TRAILS study.
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