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Establishing the reliability and developmental validity of a neurobehavioral assessment for preterm infants: a methodological process.
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PMID:  1756663     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Neurobehavioral Assessment of the Preterm Infant was developed in 3 phases: a pilot study, an exploratory study, and a validation study. In the exploratory study, clusters characterized by conceptual cohesion and face validity were systematically subjected to statistical analyses to determine whether they also had high test-retest reliability and developmental validity. In the validation study, a shortened version of the test was used with an independent cohort of 290 preterm infants. A step-by-step methodological process was used to test whether the results from the exploratory study would generalize over cohorts, different versions of the test, different hospitals, and changes in examiners. This process yielded 7 highly stable, developmentally valid, and representative preterm neurobehavioral functions that generalized over the exploratory and the validation studies. These were: motor development and vigor, scarf sign, popliteal angle, alertness and orientation, percent asleep ratings, irritability, and vigor of crying.
A F Korner; J Constantinou; S Dimiceli; B W Brown; V A Thom
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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:  Child development     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0009-3920     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Dev     Publication Date:  1991 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-02-06     Completed Date:  1992-02-06     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372725     Medline TA:  Child Dev     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1200-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Child Psychiatry and Child Development, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 94304.
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MeSH Terms
Apgar Score
Birth Weight
Brain Damage, Chronic / diagnosis,  psychology
Gestational Age
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature / physiology*,  psychology*
Infant, Premature, Diseases / diagnosis,  psychology
Neurologic Examination / statistics & numerical data*
Reproducibility of Results
Risk Factors
Grant Support

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