Socioeconomic position, maternal IQ, home environment, and cognitive development
Tong, Shilu, Baghurst, Peter, Vimpani, Graham, & McMichael, Anthony (2007) Socioeconomic position, maternal IQ, home environment, and cognitive development. Journal of Pediatrics, 151(3), pp. 284-288.
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether socioeconomic position, maternal intelligence (IQ), and the home environment are inter-related to cognitive development in childhood. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study (n = 723) with cognitive tests at ages 2, 4, 7, and 11 to 13 years. RESULTS: There were statistically significant positive associations of father's occupational prestige, Home Observation for Measurement of Environment (HOME) score, and maternal IQ with cognitive performance in childhood. After adjustment for confounding factors, there was an increase in cognitive development by 0.8 to 2.0, 2.9 to 4.8, and 4.2 to 9.0 points for a 10-unit increment in father's occupational prestige, maternal IQ, and HOME score, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: These results demonstrate that socioeconomic position, maternal IQ, and the home environment are independently and positively predictive of children's cognitive development. These findings provide additional rationale for implementing social policies that reduce socioeconomic inequalities.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
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|Keywords:||Adolescent, Child, Child Development, Preschool, Cognition, Confounding Factors (Epidemiology), Fathers, Intelligence, Mothers, Occupations, Prospective Studies, Social Class|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Epidemiology (111706)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2007 Elsevier|
|Deposited On:||14 Oct 2008|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:38|
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