Growing Up in NZ study identifies risks for kids
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.