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Evaluation of Zurich longitudinal studies

English title Evaluation of Zurich longitudinal studies
Applicant Largo Remo Hans
Number 112324
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Abteilung für Wachstum und Entwicklung Universitäts-Kinderklinik Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Paediatrics
Start/End 01.04.2006 - 31.03.2008
Approved amount 251'300.00
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Social Paediatrics

Keywords (6)

child development; behavioral development; neuropsychological development; neuromotor development; sleep behavior; cognitive development

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
The purpose of this SNF project is the continuation of the evaluation of the Zurich Longitudinal Studies. In these studies, basic aspects of child development are investigated that are of high clinical and scientificsignificance: courses of developmental functions, patterns of change, relationship between early and later behavior as well as between antecedent events and later functions. Such knowledge can only be obtained by longitudinal data sets.
In the Zurich Longitudinal Studies data on growth and development have been and are collected prospectively from birth to adulthood in approximately 650 healthy children of two generations and several hundred children at risk for developmental disorders.
Between April 2006 and March 2008, the analysis of the data on child development in normally developed children and children at risk for developmental disorders will make contributions to improve our understanding of
Intra-individual stability of individual development in intellectual and neuromotor domains between 5 and 18 years (short and long term tracking of variables).
Stability of individual patterns in intellectual and neuromotor development across age.
Relationship between intellectual and neuromotor development (individual variables, developmental patterns).
Significance of maturational rate for intellectual and neuromotor development (early versus late maturing children).
Association between timed performance and movement quality in neuromotor development.
Correlative relationship of neuromotor performance between child and parents.
Prognostic value of biological and psychosocial risk factors and socioeconomic conditions for later neuromotor and intellectual development.
Intergenerational changes and secular trends in growth and development.
Interrelationship between somatic growth, bone age and pubertal development.
Long-term stability of sleep behavior (sleep duration, bed time, sleep problems) across age and relationship between sleep variables, intellectual performance, and neuromotor abilities.
Intergenerational changes in parenting practices and their impact on child behavior (e.g., sleep, enuresis and encopresis)
Neuropsychological outcome in children at risk for developmental disorders (congenital hypothyroidism, juvenile diabetes, congenital heart defects, prematurity, perinatal asphyxia at term, hearing impairment and cochlea implantation).
A concept for a comprehensive data base for all major developmental domains between 1 and18 years will be established.
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129956 Analysis of the Zurich Longitudinal Studies: Outcome and course of intellectual abilities in term and preterm born children 01.04.2010 Project funding (special)
64047 Auswertung der Zürcher Longitudinalstudien. Evaluation of the Zurich Longitudinal Studies. 01.04.2001 Project funding (Div. I-III)