Clinical Psychology 8 (2015), 2, 125-137

Original scientific paper

Morphological Skills in Preschool Children Born After Asymmetrical Intrauterine Growth Restriction

Zdravko Kolundžić - General County Hospital Požega, Požega
Andrea  Šimić Klarić - General County Hospital Požega, Požega
Borislav Vuković - General County Hospital Požega, Požega
Katarina Pavičić Dokoza - SUVAG Polyclinic, Zagreb
Dinah Vodanović - Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb, Zagreb
Vlatka Mejaški Bošnjak - Children’s Hospital Zagreb, Zagreb
Helena Tesari - General County Hospital, Požega
Mirjana Lenček - Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb

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The study assessed and compared morphological knowledge between a group of children born after asymmetrical intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and a group of children with adequate birth weight (BW). IUGR participants were born at full term with BW under the 10th percentile for gestation age, parity and gender. There were 40 examinees in each group matched according to chronological and gestational age, gender and mother’s educational level.All children were born at term and they were native speakers of the Croatian language. Results confirmed statistically significant differences at the level of inflection of morphological knowledge. Variables of dual of nouns and plural of pseudowords had the most discriminatory power. According to findings from this research, IUGR has a negative impact on the development of morphological knowledge. The results indicate the necessity to follow up on children with IUGR for the purpose of detecting language difficulties and early intervention.

IUGR, morphology, language

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