Invited Symposium 4

Growing Up in New Zealand – “Now we are two”

Members of the Growing Up in New Zealand team will provide information about the first 1000 days of development of the nearly 7000 children and families who are part of the Growing Up in New Zealand cohort.

A broad overview of the cohort at two years of age will be followed by presentations on the psychosocial and cognitive development of the diverse children in the cohort.  In particular the presentations will report on the children’s social and cognitive development at 2 years of age measured using a specially adapted tool, as well as discussing the validity of a brief temperament measure in the New Zealand context and describing how the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire performed in these young children.

PresenterPresentation Title
Associate Professor Susan MortonNow we are Two: Describing our first 1000 days
Associate Professor Karen WaldieStrengths and Difficulties in 2 year old New Zealanders: Findings from Growing Up in New Zealand
Dr Elizabeth PetersonA validation and cross cultural analysis of a new very short form temperament measure: findings from Growing Up in New Zealand
Dr Annette HendersonValidation of a short observational tool to assess inhibitory control, attention, sociability and motor control in 2 year olds: Findings from Growing Up in New Zealand


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Associate Professor Susan Morton

Associate Professor Susan Morton is the Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Research at the University of Auckland. This cross-faculty centre is the home of the contemporary longitudinal study – Growing Up in New Zealand, which she has been the Principal Investigator of since its inception in 2005. Susan is a Public Health Physician and an expert in perinatal epidemiology and translational research and economic modeling of life course outcomes.