Title

The Effects of Perinatal Morbidity and Environmental Factors on Health Status of Preterm Children at Age 12

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

4-1-2009

Abstract

Children born prematurely have later morbidity, yet little is known about their health in adolescence. This study examined multiple dimensions of health at age 12 and the predictors of biological, behavioral, social, and physical environmental factors. Analysis of variance and logistic regression models were tested. Perinatal morbidity predicted health at age 12. Preterm status increases the risk of later alterations in health. Bronchopulmonary dysplasia, necrotizing enterocolitis, intraventricular hemorrhage, small-for-gestational age, parental perception of child health, and parental psychological distress affect later health. Prematurity and perinatal morbidity continue to impact child health 12 years after birth. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Journal of Pediatric Nursing

Volume

24

Issue

2

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