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Revista Brasileira de Saúde Materno Infantil

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MAGALHAES, Lívia de Castro; FONSECA, Karine Lage; MARTINS, Lílian Diná Teodoro Braga  and  DORNELAS, Lílian de Fátima. The performance of pre-term children with very and extreme low weight according to the Denver-II test. Rev. Bras. Saude Mater. Infant. [online]. 2011, vol.11, n.4, pp.445-453. ISSN 1519-3829.

OBJECTIVES: to evaluate the performance on the Denver II test of preterm children with very and extreme low weight from the Belo Horizonte/MG metropolitan region. METHODS: the children were selected as part of a program to monitor the development of children at risk. The sample included 177 children, to whom the Denver II Test was applied at corrected ages of 4, 8, 12, 18 and 24 months. The responses were compared (χ2) to data from a normative sample. RESULTS: preterm children with very or extremely low weight showed improved performance in the first year of life, although disadvantages began to emerge after twelve months in relation to the normative Denver II sample. The extremely low weight group performed the worst. CONCLUSIONS: there were differences in the pattern of children's responses compared to those of the normative Denver II sample, and it is important to carry out further studies of the validity of this test for the Brazilian population.

Keywords : Infant, premature; Infant,low birth weight; Child development; Denver II.

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