An association between chronic undernutrition and educational test scores in Vietnamese children

Hall, Andrew, Khanh, Le Nguyen Bao, Son, T.H., Dung, N.Q., Lansdown, R.G., Dat, D.T., Hanh, N.T., Moestue, Helen, Khoi, Ha Huy and Bundy, Donald A.P. (2001) An association between chronic undernutrition and educational test scores in Vietnamese children. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 55 (9). pp. 801-804. ISSN 0954-3007

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OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between results of educational tests and the anthropometric status of schoolchildren. DESIGN: Cross-sectional data collected during the baseline survey of a randomised trial. SETTING: Eighty-one primary schools in three districts of northern Vietnam. SUBJECTS: A total of 3055 schoolchildren enrolled in class 3 and born in 1990. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Tests of mathematics and Vietnamese language developed not to show floor or ceiling effects, and Z-scores of height-for-age, weight-for-age and weight-for-height. RESULTS: After controlling for age, sex, district and school the results of test scores in both mathematics and Vietnamese were significantly negatively correlated with Z-scores of height-for-age (P<0.001) and weight-for-age (P<0.001), but not with weight-for-height (P=0.75). CONCLUSIONS: A cross-sectional negative association was observed in Vietnamese primary school children between indicators of chronic undernutrition and tests of educational achievement. SPONSORSHIP: The study was funded by donors to the Partnership for Child Development including the Rockefeller Foundation and the World Bank.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published under the collective author "Partnership for Child Development"
Subjects: University of Westminster > Science and Technology > Life Sciences, School of (No longer in use)
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2009 16:34

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