Maternal nationality and developmental delays in young children

Analysis of the data from the national registry in Taiwan

Yen Cheng Tseng, How-Ran Guo, Der Chung Lai

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Background: With globalization, transnational marriages become more and more common around the world. Children born to immigrant mothers might be more likely to have developmental delays, but studies on this topic are limited and with inconsistent results. Aims: To determine whether children born to immigrant mothers are more likely to have developmental delays. Methods and procedures: We analyzed the data from the national registry of children with developmental delays from 2009 to 2013 and compared the incidence of developmental delays between children born to immigrant mothers and native mothers. We also performed stratified analyses by age, sex, and geographic area. Outcomes and results: From 2009 to 2013, 78,946 new cases of developmental delays under 6 years of age were registered, including 5619 (7.1%) born to immigrant mothers. The incidence was higher in children born to native mothers in every year with rate ratios ranging from 1.32 to 1.48, and the differences reached statistical significance even after stratification by age, sex, and geographic area. Conclusions and implications: Children born to immigrant mothers had lower incidence of developmental delays in Taiwan. The result may help reduce the discrimination of foreign spouses and their children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-134
Number of pages8
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume53-54
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 1

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Ethnic Groups
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Incidence
Internationality
Marriage
Spouses

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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Maternal nationality and developmental delays in young children : Analysis of the data from the national registry in Taiwan. / Tseng, Yen Cheng; Guo, How-Ran; Lai, Der Chung.

In: Research in Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 53-54, 01.06.2016, p. 127-134.

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