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Australian children with special health care needs: Social-emotional and learning competencies in the early years

Whiteford, Chrystal, Walker, Sue, & Berthelsen, Donna C. (2013) Australian children with special health care needs: Social-emotional and learning competencies in the early years. International Journal of Early Childhood, 45(1), pp. 35-50.

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between special health care needs and social-emotional and learning competence in the early years, reporting on two waves of data from the Kindergarten Cohort of Growing up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). Six hundred and fifty children were identified through the 2-question Special Health Care Needs Screener as having special health care needs. Children with special health care needs were more likely to be male, to have been of low birth weight, to be taking prescription medications, to be diagnosed with a specific health condition and to be from families where the mother was less well educated. These children scored significantly lower on teacher-rated social-emotional and learning competencies prior to school compared to a control group of children without special health care needs. Multiple regression analyses indicated that being identified with a special health care need prior to school predicted lower social-emotional and learning competencies in the early years of school. Results are discussed in terms of the implications for policy and practice.

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ID Code: 50579
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Special Health Care Needs, Early Childhood, Social-emotional competence, Academic competence
DOI: 10.1007/s13158-012-0066-x
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Springer Netherlands
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 25 May 2012 08:10
Last Modified: 21 May 2013 14:41

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