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Reducing the impact of prematurity: effects of a socio-emotional and cognitive program on the psychological development of children born very prematurely aged 6 to 9 years

ContributorsMazza, Emma
Master program titleMaîtrise universitaire en psychologie
Defense date2021-08-25
Abstract

Objective: Very preterm (VPT) children have an increased risk for symptoms associated to ADHD, ASD and anxiety, which represent the triad of disorders in preterm children. This randomised controlled trial (RCT) examined effects of a computerized program, named Vis-à-Vis (VaV), on the triad of disorders in VPT children. Methods: 45 VPT children aged 6 to 9 years, born before 32 gestational weeks, completed a 12-week computerized training. Attentional and executive functions (EFs) abilities, social and emotional competences were assessed via questionnaires, neuropsychological testing, and a computerised task. Results: Findings shows beneficial effects of the VaV intervention in VPT children for Affect Recognition and Working Memory in daily life. No effects were observed in attentional and EFs abilities, Theory of Mind, and emotional skills. Conclusion: Although there were significant improvements, our findings did not support a computerized program for children born prematurely aged 6 to 9. Future research should investigate an “in-person” intervention.

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Keywords
  • Very preterm children
  • Triad of disorders
  • Socio-emotion
  • Attention
  • Executive functions
  • Vis-à-Vis intervention
  • Computerized
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MAZZA, Emma. Reducing the impact of prematurity: effects of a socio-emotional and cognitive program on the psychological development of children born very prematurely aged 6 to 9 years. 2021.
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