Emerging executive skills in very preterm children at 2 years corrected age: A composite assessment

Tiziana Pozzetti, Alessandra Ometto, Silvana Gangi, Odoardo Picciolini, Gisella Presezzi, Laura Gardon, Silvia Pisoni, Fabio Mosca, Gian Marco Marzocchi

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Executive Function (EF) deficits have previously been identified in preterm children. However, only recently have emerging executive functions been studied in preschool children who were born preterm without major brain damage. Our study provides a broad assessment of EFs in 72 extremely preterm births (gestational age <34 weeks and birth weight <2500 g) and 73 full-term children, born between 2006 and 2008, at 24 months of corrected age. Three factors were extracted from the EF administered measures: working memory, cognitive flexibility, and impulsivity control. Only cognitive flexibility was found to discriminate preterm children from controls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-161
Number of pages17
JournalChild Neuropsychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 4 2014



  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Executive function
  • Low birth weight
  • Premature
  • Working memory.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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