Cross‐cultural differences in developmental rates: a comparison between British and Brazilian children

MAGDA DAMIANI VICTORA, CESAR GOMES VICTORA, FERNANDO C. BARROS

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Abstract

Summary The Griffiths Mental Development Scales were administered to a population‐based sample of 305 4‐year‐old children from a Brazilian city. Their performance was compared to that of 285 British children of the same age who participated in the standardization phase of this instrument. Although the mean general quotients were very similar for both groups, British children performed better than Brazilians in the fine motor and practical reasoning scales. Brazilians, on the other hand, proved to be more advanced in gross motor and speech scales. The possibility of these differences being explained in terms of cultural environment is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-164
Number of pages14
JournalChild: Care, Health and Development
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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