IMR Press / CEOG / Volume 44 / Issue 1 / DOI: 10.12891/ceog3297.2017
Open Access Original Research
Cognitive and socio-emotional development and manifestation of learning disabilities of 8- to 10-year-old children born after intracytoplasmatic sperm injection compared to naturally conceived children
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1 School of Education of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2017, 44(1), 104–109; https://doi.org/10.12891/ceog3297.2017
Published: 10 February 2017
Abstract

Objective: The purpose of the present study was to investigate the cognitive and socio-emotional development, as well as the manifestation of learning disabilities of eight- to ten-year-old children born after intracytoplasmatic sperm injection (ICSI). Materials and Methods: Developmental outcomes of 40 children born after ICSI were compared with those of 40 children born after spontaneous conception (SC). Outcome measures included the Raven's Progressive Matrices Test, Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), and Athina Test of Learning Difficulties. Results: Regarding cognitive development, ICSI children tend to obtain a similar intelligence score with SC children on Raven's Test. No significant differences were noted on CBCL's syndrome and abilities' profiles, and on Athina Test. Conclusions: ICSI and SC children show a comparable cognitive and socio-emotional development and have the same chances of manifesting learning disabilities. None of the demographic factors taken into consideration (age, sex of the child, and educational level of the parents) nor the mode of conception seem to affect their well-being.
Keywords
Cognitive development
Socio-emotional development
Learning difficulties
ICSI
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