Grow­ing Up in NZ study iden­ti­fies risks for kids

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The lat­est re­port from the Grow­ing Up in New Zealand study iden­ti­fies a dozen fam­ily and en­vi­ron­men­tal risk fac­tors which in­crease the chances that chil­dren will have poor de­vel­op­men­tal out­comes.

The re­cently re­leased re­port, ‘‘ex­plor­ing the def­i­ni­tion of vul­ner­a­bil­ity for chil­dren in their first 1000 days’’, found ma­ter­nal de­pres­sion, hav­ing a teenage mother, liv­ing in over­crowded ac­com­mo­da­tion and hav­ing par­ents on a ben­e­fit con­trib­uted to poor de­vel­op­men­tal out­comes.

The re­port is part of a lon­gi­tu­di­nal study which is track­ing the devel­op­ment of about 7000 New Zealand chil- dren from be­fore birth un­til they are young adults.

Study direc­tor as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor Su­san Morton says more sup­port could be given to fam­i­lies ex­pe­ri­enc­ing more than three of the 12 risk fac­tors.

Par­tic­i­pants in­clude young­sters liv­ing in San­dring­ham, Green­lane, Mt Roskill, Glen Innes, Mt Welling­ton, Mis­sion Bay and Pt Eng­land.

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