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ALMEIDA, Christiana Gonçalves Meira de; RODRIGUES, Olga Maria Piazentin Rolim  and  SALGADO, Manoel Henrique. Boys and girls in risk conditions development differences. Bol. psicol [online]. 2012, vol.62, n.136, pp. 1-14. ISSN 0006-5943.

This study aimed to evaluate the development of infants aged between 30 and 59 days, who presented some kind of risk factor threatening their development. Participated in the project 82 children, being 42 boys and 40 girls, presenting the following risk conditions: low birth weight, preterm birth or children of adolescent mothers. The protocol "Stimulation for kids" from "The Operationalized Portage Inventory" was administered. The girls presented a better performance in all conditions, however, no significant differences between genders were observed among the adolescent mothers' children. These results are consistent with those described in the literature and they indicate that the male population is more vulnerable to developmental damage. Public policies regarding early intervention to minimize the likelihood of future cognitive difficulties and consequently its impact in such population are essential. ok

Keywords : Risk babies; difference between gender; Operationalized Portage Inventory; children development.

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