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Early receptive and productive language skills in preterm and full-term 8-month-old infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3367326     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Early receptive and productive language skills were examined for preterm low birthweight infants and full-term normal birthweight infants from middle-class homes. Nineteen preterm infants and 19 full-term infants were observed in a laboratory setting at the gestationally corrected age of 8 months. To avoid the frequent confound between prematurity and low socioeconomic status, mothers of the two groups of infants were matched on educational levels. Regression analyses were used to assess the relative influence of infant cognitive skills, infant sociability, infant birth status, and the mothers' language input as possible predictors of infant receptive language and vocal behavior. Receptive language skills were associated with higher cognitive performance, greater sociability, and preterm birth. Productive language skills were associated with higher cognitive performance. On the basis of this research, the prognosis for language development in preterm infants raised in middle-class homes appears to be excellent.
M B Stevenson; M A Roach; L A Leavitt; J F Miller; R S Chapman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of psycholinguistic research     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0090-6905     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psycholinguist Res     Publication Date:  1988 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-06-16     Completed Date:  1988-06-16     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0333506     Medline TA:  J Psycholinguist Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  169-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
Waisman Center on Mental Retardation and Human Development, University of Wisconsin, Madison 53705.
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MeSH Terms
Child Language*
Infant, Low Birth Weight / psychology
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature / psychology*
Interpersonal Relations
Language Development*
Maternal Behavior
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