Hemoglobin, growth, and attention of infants in Southern Ethiopia

Nicki L. Aubuchon-Endsley, Stephanie L. Grant, Getenesh Berhanu, David G. Thomas, Sarah E. Schrader, Devon Eldridge, Tay Kennedy, Michael Hambidge

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Male and female infants from rural Ethiopia were tested to investigate relations among hemoglobin (Hb), anthropometry, and attention. A longitudinal design was used to examine differences in attention performance from 6 (M=24.9weeks, n=89) to 9months of age (M=40.6weeks, n=85), differences hypothesized to be related to changes in iron status and growth delays. Stunting (length-for-age z scores <-2.0) and attention performance, t(30)=-2.42, p=022, worsened over time. Growth and Hb predicted attention at 9months, R 2=15, p<.05, but not at 6. The study contributes to the knowledge base concerning the relations among Hb, early growth, and attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1238-1251
Number of pages14
JournalChild Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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