Growth Recovery, School and Cognitive Achievement: Evidence from Four Cohorts

Project Description

Many children who experience linear growth retardation in their first 2-3 years of life experience growth recovery later in childhood. The objectives of this study are to understand (1) what determines recovery from early growth failure between 1 and 5 years of age; and (2) how recovery from early growth failure affects schooling, cognitive development and academic achievement through age 12 years. We will conduct secondary analysis of the Young Lives database which includes information about four cohorts of children living in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam. Findings will (1) improve understanding of age patterns in growth faltering and recovery in relation to schooling and outcomes in diverse contexts; and (2) inform other long-term studies on nutritional recovery, schooling, cognition and academic achievement.

Project Details

Principal Investigator Dr. Kirk Dearden
Boston University Co-Investigators n/a
  • Dr. Aryeh Stein, Emory University
  • Dr. Benjamin Crookston, Brigham Young University
  • Dr. Andreas Georgiadis, University of Oxford
  • Dr. Jere Behrman, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Lia Fernald, University of California, Berkeley
Country(ies) Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Vietnam
Dates of Research 2012 – 2016
Donor/Funder NIH_Logo_150National Institute of Health (NIH)