Poster Presentation

Thursday, July 12, 2007
9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Thursday, July 12, 2007
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
This presentation is part of : Poster Presentation II
Maternal health and infant development (6 month)
Bih-Ching Shu, PhD, RN, Department of Nursing and Institute of Allied Health Sciences, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, Tainan, Taiwan, For-Wey Lung, MD, ScD, Department of Medicine, Military Kaohsiung General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and Meng-Chih Lee, MD, MPH, PhD, School of Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.
Learning Objective #1: The learner will be able to understand the maternal health and the infantís development in Taiwan.
Learning Objective #2: The learner will be able to understand the relationship between maternal health and infantís development in Taiwan.

We test the hypothesis that maternal mental health are associated with the child’s development as early as 6 months of age. Data from the Taiwan Birth Cohort Study which collected the subjective health status of mothers and the development of their children at 6 months would be analyzed. Self-reported measures of physical and mental health status (SF-36) in the mothers were assessed and the children were examined in a developmental scale at 6 months. At present the data file contains information of about women and infants. Preliminary analyses at an early stage of the study, suggested that there seemed to be an association between the mother’s physical health and the child’s development, but this will be re-examined in the follow-up data. As to mental health, contributing to child development, we also need to further explore when children grow older.