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Risk factors for executive function difficulties in preschool and early school-age preterm children

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O'Meagher, S, Kemp, N ORCID: 0000-0002-8214-5427, Norris, K ORCID: 0000-0003-3661-2749, Anderson, P and SKilbeck, C 2017 , 'Risk factors for executive function difficulties in preschool and early school-age preterm children' , Acta Paediatrica, vol. 106, no. 9 , pp. 1468-1473 , doi: 10.1111/apa.13915.

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Abstract

Aim:To investigate the relationship between executive functioning and social and perinatal risk factors in four- to five-year-old preterm children.Methods:141 children born preterm (Results:The preterm group performed significantly more poorly than the comparison group on all intelligence and executive function tests. The parental reports of the preterm and term comparison children's executive function did not differ significantly, but the teachers reported elevated executive function difficulties for the preterm group. Higher social risk, in particular lower educational level of the main caregiver, was the strongest predictor for the preterm children's intelligence and executive function results.Conclusion:Social risk factors are strongly associated with impaired early executive function outcomes in preterm children.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:O'Meagher, S and Kemp, N and Norris, K and Anderson, P and SKilbeck, C
Keywords: pre-term birth, executive function, neuropsychology
Journal or Publication Title: Acta Paediatrica
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 0803-5253
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/apa.13915
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: O'Meagher, S., Kemp, N., Norris, K., Anderson, P. and Skilbeck, C. (2017), Risk factors for executive function difficulties in preschool and early school-age preterm children. Acta Paediatr, 106: 1468–1473. doi:10.1111/apa.13915, which has been published in final form at 10.1111/apa.13915. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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