Relations between neonatal states and 8-month developmental outcome in preterm infants
DiPietro, J. A., & Porges, S. (1991). Relations between neonatal states and 8-month developmental outcome in preterm infants. Infant Behavior & Development, 14(4), 441-450. DOI: 10.1016/0163-6383(91)90032-N
This study investigated longitudinal relations between measures of neonatal state behavior and developmental outcome in a sample of preterm infants (N = 16). Results indicate that irritability/reactivity in the neonatal period is positively associated with Bayley scores and exploratory play at 8 months. Conversely, neonatal alertness was not associated with these developmental measures. These preliminary findings, based on a small sample, are discussed in the context of preterm function.