Cognitive abilities of children with prenatal polydrug exposure as compared to non-exposed children

Comfort Bola Asanbe, Tennessee State University

Abstract

This study compared 25 African-American children between six and eight years of age, with a history of prenatal polydrug exposure to 24 non-exposed children of similar race, age, and social economic status, for general cognitive ability using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-III). Test scores were compared using quantitative statistical measures. A one-way ANOVA and a series of Independent-Samples t-tests were conducted to determine if there were significant differences between the two groups in global intelligence. Data analysis also examined specific areas of cognitive ability of the two groups. The principal findings indicated that drug-exposed children performed significantly lower than their non-exposed counterparts on global intellectual ability and on verbally-mediated tasks. Both groups were comparable on problem-solving, performance-based tasks, and concentration. Results and implications are discussed. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Developmental|Psychology, Clinical|Psychology, Cognitive

Recommended Citation

Comfort Bola Asanbe, "Cognitive abilities of children with prenatal polydrug exposure as compared to non-exposed children" (2001). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3024612.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3024612

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