Associations between physical growth and general cognitive functioning in international adoptees from Eastern Europe at 30 months post-arrival.
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Journal of neurodevelopmental disorders, ISSN: 1866-1947, Vol: 7, Issue: 1, Page: 36
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- Medicine; Neuroscience
Internationally adopted children have often experienced early adversity and growth suppression as a consequence of institutional care. Furthermore, these children are at risk for impaired cognitive development due to their early adverse experiences. This study examined the association between physical growth, the growth hormone (GH) system, and general cognitive functioning post-adoption. Based on previous research, we expected to find that a child's initial physical growth status and normalization of the growth hormone-insulin-like growth factor 1 (GH-IGF-1) axis would be positive predictors of general cognitive functioning.