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  1. Birth weight and cognitive function in young adult life : historical cohort study.

    Article - En anglais


    To examine the relation between birth weight and cognitive function in young adult life.


    Retrospective cohort study based on birth registry data and cognitive function measured during evaluation for military service.


    4300 Danish conscripts born between 1973 and 1975.

    Main outcome measures 

    Mean score in the Boerge Prien test of cognitive function ; score is the number of correct answers to 78 questions and correlates with hill scale intelligence quotient (IQ).


    Mean score in the Boerge Prien test increased from 39.9 at a birth weight of ¾2500 g to 44.6 at a birth weight of 4200 g even after adjustment for gestational age and length at birth, maternal age and parity, and other variables.

    Above a birth weight of 4200 g the test score decreased slightly.


    Birth weight is associated with cognitive performance in young adult life.

    Interference with fetal growth may influence adult cognitive performance.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Poids naissance, Association, Etude cohorte, Développement cognitif, Critère performance, Service militaire, Enquête sur terrain, Evaluation, Adolescent, Homme, Pédiatrie, Gestation, Organisation santé, Système nerveux pathologie, Psychopathologie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Birth weight, Association, Cohort study, Cognitive development, Performance requirement, Military service, Field inquiry, Evaluation, Adolescent, Human, Pediatrics, Pregnancy, Public health organization, Nervous system diseases, Psychopathology

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0429451

    Code Inist : 002B18C12. Création : 19/12/1997.