Neonatal measures of attention and early cognitive status

Patricia T. Becker, Regina P. Lederman, Edward 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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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