A study by the University of Kent revealed how adolescents born preterm has similar levels of self-esteem and wellness, in comparison to adolescents born full-term.
The results appeared in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.
For the study, individual participant data was acquired through sources such as the Basel Study of Preterm Children, the Bavarian Longitudinal Study, and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children.
“A total of 986 moderate to late preterm (MLPT), 412 very preterm (VPT), and 12,719 full-term (FT) born adolescents reported on subjective well-being and 927 MLPT, 175 VPT, and 13,312 FT born adolescents reported on global self-esteem,” the journal report reads.
“Adolescents born VPT or MLPT were not different from those born FT regarding general subjective well-being; family, school, and physical appearance–related well-being; and global self-esteem.”
The findings concluded with no lower assumption of well-being and self-esteem for both groups studied.
The study was published online on March 23, 2021.