John E Clarkson

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We describe the three stages of our attempt to predict parenting problems and child abuse antenatally. In the first stage, we made an intuitive check list of ten items from 173 risk factors drawn from the literature. The check list was useful in predicting who would relinquish care or have major parenting difficulty in two different samples drawn four years(More)
This paper reports the results of 10 years of research into the prenatal identification of mothers likely to have major parenting problems. Previous published research reported the development of a set of criteria for determining risk status. These criteria were used to classify into four levels of risk a sample of mothers who were consecutive enrollments(More)
A geographically based population of 498 full term, appropriate for gestational age, healthy, singleton neonates was used to study the effect of obstetric and nursery practices on the occurrence of neonatal jaundice. At 3-4 days 56% of babies became visibly jaundiced (plasma bilirubin (PB) greater than 100 mumol/l) and 10% were hyperbilirubinaemic (PB(More)
The prevalence of neurological abnormalities was examined in a large sample of Dunedin three-year-old children. About 10 percent of those assessed had one or more abnormalities at three and 2 percent had abnormalities which were judged to have an effect on the child's functioning. The presence of abnormalities at three was associated with language and motor(More)
A two stage epidemiological study of 320 children aged between 2.5 and 5 years of age, from eight randomly selected preschool centres, was performed in order (1) to test the psychometrics of the Behaviour Check List (BCL), a parent report instrument for preschool children, (2) to estimate the prevalence, and (3) to describe the correlates of preschool(More)
Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is characterized by substantial delay in motor development, despite intact neuromuscular, intellectual, and social functions. Although it is estimated there is one child with DCD in every elementary school classroom, sufficient remedial treatment has not yet been provided in medical or educational systems. This(More)
In a cross sectional study the mental health of parents of physically and mentally handicapped preschool children was compared with that of parents of healthy preschool children. The social networks of the parents with handicapped children were also studied to determine factors that might influence psychiatric morbidity. The mothers of the handicapped(More)
The activities of nurses, residents, and fellows providing newborn intensive care were studied by time-lapse photography. Six of 40 frames taken each hour during a 23-day period were evaluated. Time spent in bedside care, charting, handwashing, and other activities were estimated for personnel in a four-bed area. The amount of care prescribed for each(More)