Parent ratings of child cognition and language compared with Bayley-III in preterm 3-year-olds.
Perra O., McGowan JE., Grunau RE., Doran JB., Craig S., Johnston L., Jenkins J., Holmes VA., Alderdice FA.
BACKGROUND: Parent ratings on questionnaires may provide valid and cost-effective tools for screening cognitive development of children at risk of developmental delay. AIMS: In this study, we examined the convergent validity of combining parent-based reports of non-verbal cognitive abilities (PARCA3) and verbal abilities (CDI-III) in relation to the Bayley-III cognitive scale in 3-year-olds born late pre-term. METHODS: Mothers of 185 late-preterm children were asked to complete the PARCA3 and the CDI-III shortly before children reached age three; children were then assessed using the Bayley-III close to their third birthday. RESULTS: The two maternal questionnaires were significantly and moderately correlated with the Bayley-III cognitive scores. Together the maternal ratings accounted for 15% of the variance in the Bayley-III cognitive scores, after controlling for other covariates in regression analysis. In particular, the PARCA3 contributed significantly to explain variance in the Bayley-III cognitive scores when controlling for the CDI-III. However, the CDI-III was also independently associated with the Bayley-III cognitive scores. CONCLUSIONS: Parent ratings of child cognition and language together may provide cost-effective screening of development in "at risk" preschoolers.