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Information from birth certificates as a risk index for educational handicap.

Authors
  • Finkelstein, N W
  • Ramey, C T
Type
Published Article
Journal
American journal of mental deficiency
Publication Date
May 01, 1980
Volume
84
Issue
6
Pages
546–552
Identifiers
PMID: 7377226
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Information from birth certificates (including race, birth order and weight, and maternal age and education) was used to develop a set of classification equations to predict the educational status of first-grade children. The equations were developed with one-half of the sample and then applied to the other half in a replication test. The equations accurately identified approximately 80 percent of the children who scored 1 standard deviation or more below the mean on both a measure of intellectual competence and a measure of adaptive behavior. The usefulness of birth certificates as a first-line screening method was discussed.

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