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Journal of Korean Academy of Child Health Nursing 2010;16(2):164-174.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4094/jkachn.2010.16.2.164
Evaluation of Physical Growth and Developmental Status of Infants and Children of Married Immigrant Women in Rural Areas.
Tae Im Kim, Mi Jong Kim, Yun Jung Kwon, Man Kil Jun
1Department of Nursing, Daejeon University, Daejeon, Korea. ktim56@dju.kr
2Okcheon Multi-cultural Family Support Center, Okcheon, Korea.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the physical growth and developmental status of infants and children of married immigrant women. METHODS: The participants were 92 infants and children aged from birth to 6 yr whose mothers were married immigrant women living in one rural area. Physical growth and developmental status were evaluated by using anthropometric assessment, and Korean Denver II developmental screening test. RESULTS: Of the participants, 10.8% were below the 3rd percentile for weight, 13.0% for length, 5.4% for head circumference, and from 69.6% to 79.3% were distributed below the 50th percentile on growth charts. Further, 18.5% were classified as having questionable development. Factors related to low physical growth in infants and children were mother's weight and mother's level in Korean language classes. CONCLUSION: The physical growth and developmental status of children is vulnerable and serious. The study results suggest a need for regular growth and developmental evaluations. Political support is important for these mothers. In addition, there also is a need to develop early intervention strategies to promote growth and development of the infants and children of these married immigrant women.
Key words: Infants; Children; Married immigrant women; Physical growth; Development
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