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Child Abuse Negl. 1988;12(4):503-7.

Predictive indicators for adjustment in 4-year-old children whose mothers used amphetamine during pregnancy.

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Department of Pediatrics, St. Göran's Children's Hospital, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.


Psychosocial factors that could be used as predictive indicators for adjustment of 4-year-old children whose mothers had used amphetamine during pregnancy were studied by means of simple and multivariate correlation analyses. The following statistically significant correlations were found: Length of maternal alcohol and drug abuse during pregnancy was correlated negatively with the child's adjustment as were numbers of paternal criminal convictions, number of stress factors of the mother, and number of earlier children born to the mother. Paternal criminality was associated with the outcome, regardless of amount of contact between father and child.

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