Maternal educational status at birth, maternal educational advancement, and neurocognitive outcomes at age 10 years among children born extremely preterm

Robert M Joseph, Thomas M O’Shea, Elizabeth N Allred, Tim Heeren, Karl K Kuban

Pediatr Res. 2017 Nov 22. doi: 10.1038/pr.2017.267

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To determine if a key marker of SES, maternal ed, is associated with later neurocognitive and academic outcomes among children born EP. Results/Conclusion. Children of mothers in lowest ed stratum at birth more likely to score ≥2 SDs below norms on 17 of 18 tests administered. Children of mothers w/advanced ed (n=199) were at reduced risk for scoring ≥2 SDs on 15 of 18 measures, but significant on only 2 of 18 measures. Among EP children, SE disadvantage at birth is associated with poorer neurocog and academic outcomes at 10 yrs, independent of GA. Maternal ed advancement in child’s first 10 years of life is associated with modestly improved neurocog outcomes.