May 1965

Birth Record Assessments and Test Performance at Eight Months

Author Affiliations

From the Institute of Human Development, University of California, and the Department of Pediatrics, University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Associate Research Psychologist, Institute of Human Development (Dr. Honzik); Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Dr. Hutchings); and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics (Dr. Burnip), Department of Pediatrics.

Am J Dis Child. 1965;109(5):416-426. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1965.02090020418007

INCREASED interest in children with possible minimal brain impairment has led to attempts to assess these deficits and their antecedent conditions. In the present study, we have compared the test performance of infants at 8 months with appraisals made on the basis of routine hospital records. The value of this comparison lies in determining if conditions during pregnancy and the perinatal period, which currently cause concern, are related to the infant's later development. Previous investigators1-3 have reported the relation of specific paranatal conditions, such as anoxia, to neurological findings and test scores during childhood. In the present study, the prognosis was based on overall evaluations of hospital birth records which are available for most children. The objectives were to determine the reliability of these records and their value in predicting the later occurrence of generalized or specific deficits. The tests given at 8 months were Bayley's California infant mental

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