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New Behavioral Pediatrics Findings from University of Tennessee Described. - Pediatrics Week

In this recently published article, scientists in Memphis, United States conducted a study 'To examine screening results obtained by serial annual behavioral assessment of children with prenatal drug exposure. The Maternal Lifestyle Study enrolled children with prenatal cocaine exposure (PCE) at birth for longitudinal assessments of developmental, behavioral, and health outcomes.'

'At 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 years of age, caregivers rated participants on the Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC). Serial PSC results were compared with an established broad-based behavioral measure at 9, 11, and 13 years. PSC results were analyzed for 1081 children who had at least 2 annual screens during the 5-year time span. Most subjects (87%) had 4 or more annual screens rated by the same caregiver (80%). PSC scores (and Positive screens) over time were compared at different time points for those with and without PCE. Covariates, including demographic factors and exposures to certain other substances, were controlled. Children with PCE had significantly higher scores overall, with more Positive screens for behavior problems than children without PCE. Children with PCE had more externalizing behavior problems. Children exposed to tobacco prenatally and postnatally also showed higher PSC scores. Over time, PSC scores differed slightly from the 8-year scores, without clear directional trend. Earlier PSC results predicted later behavioral outcomes,' wrote T.M. Whitaker and colleagues, University of Tennessee.

The researchers concluded: 'Findings of increased total PSC scores and Positive PSC screens for behavioral concerns in this group of children with prenatal substance exposure support the growing body of evidence that additional attention to identification of mental health problems may be warranted in this high-risk group. (J Dev Behav Pediatr 32:206-215,.'

Whitaker and colleagues published their study in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (Serial Pediatric Symptom Checklist Screening in Children With Prenatal Drug Exposure. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 2011;32(3):206-215).

For additional information, contact T.M. Whitaker, University of Tennessee, Boling Center Development Disabil, Health Science Center, Dept. of Pediatrics, College Medical, 711 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105, United States.

The publisher's contact information for the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics is: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 530 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106-3621, USA.

Keywords: City:Memphis, State:Tennessee, Country:United States, Region:North and Central America, Behavioral Pediatrics

This article was prepared by Pediatrics Week editors from staff and other reports. Copyright 2011, Pediatrics Week via NewsRx.com.