Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Hypertonic lower extremities in infants: Correlation to motor function scores at thirteen months of age
by Brillhart, Susan Jean, Ph.D., City University of New York, 2013, 77; 3561573
Abstract (Summary)

Exploring a large data set, hypertonicity of the lower extremities has been incidentally identified as occurring in one out of every five infants, whether term or preterm. This retrospective, longitudinal, descriptive, quantitative study examined data from 463 functionally and structurally normal infants and identified infants that were considered to be hypertonic at either hospital discharge and at one month of corrected gestational age to determine what their motor capabilities were at 13 months of age. Understanding the correlation will assist in determining whether early intervention is indicated for these infants. Multiple statistical analyses revealed no correlation between hypertonicity as a young infant and the Bayley-II motor function score at 13 months of age. The Roy Adaptation model was used as the conceptual framework of the study and ordinal regression was utilized to analyze the data.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Whetsell, Martha V.
Commitee: Frederickson, Keville C., Krasilovsky, Gary, Nickitas, Donna M., Singleton, Joanne K.
School: City University of New York
Department: Nursing Studies
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-B 74/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Physical therapy, Nursing, Developmental psychology
Keywords: Early intervention, Hypertonicity, Infant development, Motor function, Ordinal regression, Roy adaptation model
Publication Number: 3561573
ISBN: 978-1-303-08772-1
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