Developmental Status of Children with Transfusion-Acquired HIV
Patterson, Stephanie J.
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U.S. studies of vertically-acquired HIV report that developmental deficits are markedly present in Pediatric AIDS cases. This study evaluated the development of children with transfusion-related HIV. Based on previous research (Brouwers, Belman, & Epstein, 1994), the children examined were expected to exhibit moderately delayed development. Observations and administration of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale and the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI) took place during regular visits to a hospital in Romania where one boy and two girls with transfusion-related HIV, ages 5, 7, and 7, respectively, lived. Vineland scores showed a mild deficit for all three children and the WPPSI (administered to the 5-year-old) was slightly below average. However, the scores underrate the children's abilities when compared to observations of their accomplishments.