Life Course Dynamics after Preterm Birth – Protective Factors for Social and Educational Transitions, Health, and Prosperity


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Project Details

PremLife investigates what factors provide protection and increase resilience for preterm children’s life course outcomes. Preterm birth is an increasingly important cause of inequality in Europe.

Incidence rates and survival after preterm birth have increased while rates of adverse outcomes across the lifespan remain. The project considers protective/resiliency factors at the individual, micro-system (family and peers) and macro-system (countries) levels.

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Recent Publications

Association of Very Preterm Birth or Very Low Birth Weight With Intelligence in Adulthood: An Individual Participant Data Meta-analysis

Kati Heinonen, Katri Räikkönen, Dieter Wolke, Marina Mendonça, Eero Kajantie, Samantha Johnson, Peter J. Anderson, Kari Anne I. Evensen, Brian A. Darlow, Marit S. Indredavik, Petteri Hovi, Lex W. Doyle, Nicole Baumann, Robert Eves, Yanyan Ni, John Horwood, Lianne J. Woodward, Jeanie Cheong, Peter Bartmann, Neil Marlow, Chiara Nosarti, Jennifer Zeitlin |

Subjective Well-Being and Self-Esteem in Preterm Born Adolescents: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis

Dieter Wolke, Ayten Bilgin, Asteria Brylka, Hayley Trower, Sakari Lemola, Nicole Baumann |

Mental health outcomes of adults born very preterm or with very low birth weight: A systematic review

Rachel Robinson, Marius Lahti-Pulkkinen, Kati Heinonen, Katri Räikkönen, Dieter Wolke, Eero Kajantie, Sakari Lemola, Daniel D. Schnitzlein, Falk Voit, Polina Girchenko |

Common Core Assessments in follow-up studies of adults born preterm – Recommendation of the Adults Born Preterm International Collaboration

Kati Heinonen, Katri Räikkönen, Dieter Wolke, Eero Kajantie, Samantha Johnson, Peter J. Anderson, Kari Anne I. Evensen, Brian A. Darlow, Sylvia van der Pal, Marit S. Indredavik, Julia Jaekel, Petteri Hovi, Katherine Morrison, Erik Verrips, Lex W. Doyle |

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Finland: Kevyt, Finnish Pediatric Society, Society for Social Medicine, Finnish Medical Society (Duodecim), Finnish Investigators Network of Pediatric Medicines, the Pediatric Research Center Helsinki University Hospital, Finnish Medical Foundation, Ministry of Social and Health Affairs Finland, European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education Finland, Pediatricians, Neonatologists, educators, daycare teachers, ministers for health and education, researchers, medical professionals, research groups with preterm birth focused cohorts (e.g. Pipari), parents of preterm borns and preterm born adults.

United Kingdom: Ministers for children, education and public health, MPs with an interest in child & adolescent health, children’s commissioners, members of Public Health England, Public Health consultants, Medical professors, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, EFCNI, Tommy’s the Baby Charity, Neonatal Society, British Psychology Society, Bliss, BAPM.

General public: Journalists, practitioners, care professionals, and families related to preterm birth.

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