Special Issue "Preterm Birth: Research, Intervention and Developmental Outcomes"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2020).
Interests: preterm birth; language development; academic achievement; bullying and cyberbullying
Interests: language development; preterm children; blind children
Interests: development of children with perinatal risk factors like preterm birth; diagnostic assessments
Interests: typical and atypical development of communication, language, cognitive, motor and academic skills; preterm birth; caregiver–infant interaction; early markers of language delay; infancy; childhood
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We are organizing a Special Issue on “Preterm Birth: Research, Intervention, and Developmental Outcomes” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The venue is a peer-reviewed, scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information about the journal, we refer you to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.
Preterm birth is defined as a birth occurring before 37 weeks of gestation. As recently suggested by the World Health Organization, preterm birth is recognized as an important public health issue, since prematurity is one of the leading causes of death in children under 5 years of age. The incidence rate has increased in the last ten years, and inequalities in survival rates and negative outcomes are described around the world (March of Dimes, PMNCH, Save the Children, WHO. Born Too Soon: The Global action report on preterm Birth, 2012). Indeed, in low-income countries, the rate of death is around 50% for babies born below 32 weeks of gestation, while in high-income countries, almost all preterm babies survive, though severe and moderate impairments are reported (e.g., cerebral palsy, neurosensory disabilities, cognitive delay, linguistic, academic and behavioral impairments, March of Dimes et al., 2012). Preterm birth is therefore a critical event that not only affects child development but also has an impact on the families and society, with particular reference to care and educational settings.
This Special Issue aims at documenting research on the effects of preterm birth on developmental outcomes from the first years of life, including school age and up to the adolescence. An interdisciplinary approach is appreciated, since the care of preterm children requires a collaboration among different professional areas of expertise, including paediatricians, psychologists, therapists, educators, and teachers. In addition, interventions regarding neonatal care and follow-up programs are welcome. We also welcome contributions comparing different countries across the globe.
Prof. Dr. Annalisa Guarini
Prof. Dr. Miguel Pérez Pereira
Prof. Dr. Anneloes van Baar
Prof. Dr. Alessandra Sansavini
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- Preterm birth
- High-income country
- Low-income country
- School age
- Neonatal care