The impact of multidimensional disadvantage over childhood on developmental outcomes in Australia

Goldfeld, S, O'Connor, M, Chong, S and Badland, H 2018, 'The impact of multidimensional disadvantage over childhood on developmental outcomes in Australia', International Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 47, no. 5, pp. 1485-1496.

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Title The impact of multidimensional disadvantage over childhood on developmental outcomes in Australia
Author(s) Goldfeld, S
O'Connor, M
Chong, S
Badland, H
Year 2018
Journal name International Journal of Epidemiology
Volume number 47
Issue number 5
Start page 1485
End page 1496
Total pages 12
Publisher Oxford University Press
Abstract Background Understanding the relationship between different aspects of disadvantage over time and domains of child development will facilitate the formulation of more precise policy responses. We examined the association between exposure to aspects of disadvantage over the childhood period (from 09 years) and child development at 1011 years. Methods We used data from the nationally representative birth cohort of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (n = 4979). Generalized linear models with log-Poisson link were used to estimate the association between previously derived disadvantage trajectories (in each of four lenses of sociodemographic, geographic environments, health conditions and risk factors, and a composite of these) and risk of poor child developmental outcomes. Population-attributable fractions were calculated to quantify the potential benefit of providing all children with optimal conditions for each developmental outcome. Results Trajectories of disadvantage were associated with developmental outcomes: children in the most disadvantaged composite trajectory had seven times higher risk of poor outcomes on two or more developmental domains, compared with those most advantaged. Trajectories of disadvantage in different lenses were varyingly associated with the child development domains of socio-emotional adjustment, physical functioning and learning competencies. Exposure to the most advantaged trajectory across all lenses could reduce poor developmental outcomes by as much as 70%. Conclusions Exposure to disadvantage over time is associated with adverse child development outcomes. Developmental outcomes varied with the aspects of disadvantage experienced, highlighting potential targets for more precise policy responses. The findings provide evidence to stimulate advocacy and action to reduce child inequities.
Subject Urban Design
Keyword(s) Health inequity
Child development
DOI - identifier 10.1093/ije/dyy087
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