Neonatal measures of attention and early cognitive status.

P. T. Becker, R. P. Lederman, E. Lederman

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Measures of infant attention may be more indicative of cognitive status than scores from standardized developmental tests. The purpose of this study of 56 full-term infants was to determine whether measures of attention taken from the Brazelton Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scales (NBAS) at 2 days and the Bayley Infant Behavior Record (IBR) at 2 months would be internally consistent and would be related to developmental status at 2 months. Attention measures were internally consistent. The IBR measure was significantly related to 2-month developmental status; the NBAS measure was not. Results support attention as an important focus for nursing assessment of development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-388
Number of pages8
JournalResearch in nursing & health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1989
Externally publishedYes


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  • Nursing(all)

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Becker, P. T., Lederman, R. P., & Lederman, E. (1989). Neonatal measures of attention and early cognitive status. Research in nursing & health, 12(6), 381-388.