Parents' developmental perceptions and expectations for their high-risk infants

Brian T. Rogers, Lizbeth J. Booth, Linda C. Duffy, Mary Beth Hassan, Patricia McCORMICK, Joel Snitzer, William A. Zorn

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This study examines the relationship between developmental outcomes of high-risk infants and parental perceptions and expectations. Parents of 209 consecutive high-risk infants were asked to provide their development interpretations and expectations before their infants received standard developmental assessments between April and October 1989. Moderate correlations between parents and professional assessments of motor and language skills were noted (p <.05 to p <.01). Most agreements occurred when infants were assessed as normal by professionals. Disagreements were common and occurred in all areas of development. These mismatches were not associated with gestational age at birth, neonatal complications, poverty, or estimates of parental experience., Professionals should take seriously any expressed developmental concerns by parents of high-risk infants. Expressed developmental concerns, however, cannot be relied on for developmental screening of high-risk infants. J Dev Behav Pediatr 13:102–107, 1992.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-107
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1992


  • developmental outcome
  • developmental perceptions
  • expectations
  • high-risk infants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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