Developmental profiles of children born to mothers with intellectual disability

Author: McConnell, D.;Llewellyn, G.;Mayes, R.;Russo, D.;Honey, A.
Year: 2003
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability
Volume: 28
Issue: 2
Pages: 122-134
Abstract: The developmental status of 37 pre-school aged children born to mothers with intellectual disability was assessed and the relationship between developmental status and selected child, maternal and home/environment characteristics was examined. The developmental status of the children varied markedly. Controlling for possible organic pathology, the development of these children did not vary significantly from age-norm expectations in four domains: physical, self-help, social and academic. No statistically significant correlation was found between developmental status and characteristics of the mother or home/environment. The key to prevention may lie in the provision of suitable antenatal and maternity services to ensure the best possible birth outcomes.

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