Self-reported health of ELBW infants in adolescence

Extremely low birth weight children born in the early 90’s were evaluated at age 14 and compared to normal birth weight controls. The ELBW adolescents rated their (self-reported) health similar to that of normal birth weight controls in areas such as satisfaction with health; self-esteem; physical and emotional comfort; academic and work performance; and in most medical/surgical disorders. However they reported fewer risky behaviors (smoking, drug use, carrying a weapon), less physical activity, more long-term surgical disorders, and more psychosocial disorders.

 Self-reported adolescent health status of extremely low birth weight children. Hack et al, 2012.