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Are regulatory problems in infancy precursors of later hyperkinetic symptoms?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15513573     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To examine whether regulatory problems in infancy predict later hyperkinetic symptoms in childhood and pre-adolescence. METHODS: In a prospective longitudinal study of 319 children at risk of later developmental problems and psychopathology, hyperkinetic behaviour problems were assessed at the ages of 2, 4.5, 8 and 11 y by means of a standardized parent interview. Infant regulatory problems at the age of 3 mo were determined from multiple sources of information. An observational procedure was used to assess the quality of mother-infant interaction. RESULTS: At the age of 3 mo, 17% of the infants (n = 55; 27 boys, 28 girls) suffered from multiple regulatory problems. Compared to a control group (n = 264), these children presented more hyperkinetic symptoms throughout childhood. Negativity in the mother-infant interaction and early family adversity each contributed to later hyperkinetic symptoms. When controlling for family adversity, the association between infant multiple regulatory problems and later hyperkinetic problems was rendered insignificant. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that multiple regulatory problems may not be a key variable for later hyperkinetic problems. The impact of early family adversity factors clearly outweighed that of infant psychopathology on later behaviour disorder.
K Becker; M Holtmann; M Laucht; M H Schmidt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)     Volume:  93     ISSN:  0803-5253     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Paediatr.     Publication Date:  2004 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-29     Completed Date:  2005-02-08     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9205968     Medline TA:  Acta Paediatr     Country:  Norway    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1463-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Central Institute of Mental Health, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, mannheim, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / epidemiology*
Child Behavior Disorders / epidemiology*
Child Development
Child, Preschool
Developmental Disabilities / epidemiology*
Family Relations
Longitudinal Studies
Mother-Child Relations
Risk Factors
Comment In:
Acta Paediatr. 2004 Nov;93(11):1421-3   [PMID:  15513564 ]

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