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Early Childhood Development and Schooling Attainment: Longitudinal Evidence from British, Finnish and Philippine Birth Cohorts

Citation

Peet, Evan D.; McCoy, Dana C.; Danaei, Goodarz; Ezzati, Majid; Fawzi, Wafaie; Jarvelin, Marjo-Riitta; Pillas, Demetris; & Fink, Günther (2015). Early Childhood Development and Schooling Attainment: Longitudinal Evidence from British, Finnish and Philippine Birth Cohorts. PLoS ONE, 10(9), e0137219.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: While recent literature has highlighted the importance of early childhood development for later life outcomes, comparatively little is known regarding the relative importance of early physical and cognitive development in predicting educational attainment cross-culturally. METHODS: We used prospective data from three birth cohorts: the Northern Finland Birth Cohort of 1986 (NFBC1986), the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS1970), and the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey of 1983 (CLHNS) to assess the association of height-for-age z-score (HAZ) and cognitive development measured prior to age 8 with schooling attainment. Multivariate linear regression models were used to estimate baseline and adjusted associations. RESULTS: Both physical and cognitive development were highly predictive of adult educational attainment conditional on parental characteristics. The largest positive associations between physical development and schooling were found in the CLHNS (

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0137219

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2015

Journal Title

PLoS ONE

Author(s)

Peet, Evan D.
McCoy, Dana C.
Danaei, Goodarz
Ezzati, Majid
Fawzi, Wafaie
Jarvelin, Marjo-Riitta
Pillas, Demetris
Fink, Günther