A longitudinal study of reading skills among very-low-birthweight children: Is there a catch-up?
2006 (English)In: Journal of Pediatric Psychology, ISSN 0146-8693, Vol. 31, no 9, 967-977 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: To examine the development of reading skills among very-low-birthweight (VLBW) children and to what extent reading difficulties at 9 years of age persist unchanged, are attenuated, or are enhanced at 15 years of age. Methods: Fifty-six VLBW and 52 normal birthweight (NBW) children were assessed on word decoding, word recognition, and reading comprehension at 9 and 15 years of age. Results: VLBW children showed deficits in reading skill at 9 years of age, while most differences obtained at 15 years of age did not reach significance. VLBW children improved their reading comprehension between 9 and 15 years of age more than NBW children, and when controlling for individual differences in IQ, VLBW children improved both their reading comprehension and word-recognition skill. Conclusion: The results suggest that VLBW children display positive changes over time in reading skills. © The Author 2006. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society of Pediatric Psychology. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 31, no 9, 967-977 p.
longitudinal study, low-birthweight, reading skills
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-34829DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsj108Local ID: 23510OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-34829DiVA: diva2:255677