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Australian children with special health care needs: social-emotional and learning competencies in the early years

Whiteford, C., Walker, S., Berthelsen, D.,

Academic Literature

2013

This study examined the relationship between special health care needs and social-emotional and learning competence in the early years. Children with special health care needs were more likely to be male, to have been of low birth weight, to be taking prescription medications, to be diagnosed with a specific health condition and to be from families where the mother was less well educated. These children scored significantly lower on teacher-rated social-emotional and learning competencies prior to school compared to a control group of children without special health care needs. Multiple regression analyses indicated that being identified with a special health care need prior to school predicted lower social-emotional and learning competencies in the early years of school. Results are discussed in terms of the implications for policy and practice.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : International Journal of Early Childhood

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Education, Health and wellbeing

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