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J Child Lang. 2010 Sep;37(4):865-85. doi: 10.1017/S0305000909990109. Epub 2009 Aug 24.

Long-term effects of preterm birth on language and literacy at eight years.

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Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.annalisa.guarini@unibo.it

Abstract

The aims of this study were to investigate whether specific linguistic difficulties in preterm children persist at eight years and to examine the interrelationships between language and literacy in this population, compared with a control group of full-term children. Sixty-eight monolingual Italian preterms and 26 chronologically matched controls were recruited. Language (grammar comprehension, lexical production and phonological awareness), literacy (reading comprehension, reading and writing) and general cognitive development were investigated. Results showed no general delay in preterms, but slight difficulties in specific linguistic abilities (grammar, lexicon, phoneme synthesis and deletion of the first syllable), more difficulties in literacy (speed in reading and accuracy in writing) and certain correlations among competencies turning out to be different from the control group. In conclusion, our study established that a partially atypical trajectory emerged in preterms, showing specific long-term effects of preterm birth on language and literacy development.

PMID:
19698208
DOI:
10.1017/S0305000909990109
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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