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Support for the feasibility of the ages and stages questionnaire as a developmental screening tool: a cross-sectional study of South African and Zambian children aged 2-60 months

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dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-15T16:22:16Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-15T16:22:16Z
dc.date.issued 2017-04-03 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/10881
dc.description.abstract There is a growing global acknowledgement that improving child survival rates is no longer sufficient. Emphasis is shifting to the improvement of health and developmental trajectories in early childhood. Screening and measurement of these trajectories in low and middle income countries is difficult, however, as they currently rely on developmental tests standardised among populations of children growing up in resource rich environments. This paper presents a comparison of one such tool adapted for use with children living in Southern Africa to children from the United States, Norway, Korea and Spain. The Ages and Stages Questionnaire version 3 (ASQ-3) was adapted and administered to 853 children living in South Africa and Zambia. Children in southern Africa were found to perform significantly better than children from other countries early in life, especially in the domains of communication, gross motor and fine motor skills. By the age of five, children in southern Africa were performing significantly worse than their peers in the domains of fine motor and problem-solving. The results indicate the applicability of the ASQ-3 in southern Africa and point to the importance of early interventions to protect the early good development of African children in order to promote positive life trajectories. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject ZAMBIA en
dc.subject CHILDREN en
dc.subject AGES AND STAGES QUESTIONNAIRE en
dc.title Support for the feasibility of the ages and stages questionnaire as a developmental screening tool: a cross-sectional study of South African and Zambian children aged 2-60 months en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 17 en
dc.BudgetYear 2016/17 en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Development en
dc.SourceTitle BMC Pediatrics en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9735 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 8626 en
dc.bibliographictitle Van Heerden, A., Hsiao, C., Matafwali, B., Louw, J.S. & Richter, L. (2017) Support for the feasibility of the ages and stages questionnaire as a developmental screening tool: a cross-sectional study of South African and Zambian children aged 2-60 months. <i>BMC Pediatrics</i>. 17:Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2017 en
dc.contributor.author1 Van Heerden, A. en
dc.contributor.author2 Hsiao, C. en
dc.contributor.author3 Matafwali, B. en
dc.contributor.author4 Louw, J.S. en
dc.contributor.author5 Richter, L. en


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