Assessing development of urban Aboriginal infants
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 46, Issue 7-8, pages 384–391, July/August 2010
How to Cite
Bennett, B., McDonald, J., Knight, J., Comino, E. and Henry, R. (2010), Assessing development of urban Aboriginal infants. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 46: 384–391. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01756.x
- Issue published online: 16 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2010
- Accepted for publication 2 January 2009.
- Aboriginal children;
- child development;
- developmental assessment;
- Griffiths' Mental Developmental Scales;
- urban environment
Aims: To determine the appropriateness of using the Griffiths' Mental Developmental Scales (birth – 2 years) to assess development in a cohort of urban Aboriginal children at 12 months of age.
Methods: The Gudaga study is a prospective longitudinal cohort study assessing the health, development and service use of urban Aboriginal infants residing in south west Sydney. All infants receive a full heath and development assessment (including the Griffiths' Mental Developmental Scales) when they are 12 months of age. This study analyses the results of the first 55 infants.
Results: The distribution of the General Quotient for the first 55 Gudaga infants is normal with a mean of 98.5 (SD 10.5). There is no significant difference between the Gudaga cohort and the Griffiths' standardisation sample for locomotor, personal-social, hearing and language, and eye and hand coordination sub-quotient scores.
Conclusion: The Griffiths' Mental Developmental Scales may be an appropriate tool to use for the assessment of development in urban Aboriginal infants.