Parental Concerns About Child Development

Parental concerns and observations about their child’s development and behavior are an important indication of a child’s potential risk for developmental, behavioral, and/or social delays. Parents were asked about eight specific concerns they may have about their child’s learning, development, or behavior that can predict risk of developmental issues. These items were based on the Parent’s Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS)©.1 The parents of 40.1 percent of children aged 4 months-5 years reported at least one concern from this list.

The percentage of children whose parents had one or more concerns varied by the child’s sex and race/ethnicity. The parents of 55.6 percent of boys aged 4 months-5 years reported at least one concern, compared to the parents of 44.4 percent of girls. Hispanic children were most likely to have their parents report one or more concerns (47.0 percent), while non-Hispanic White children were least likely (34.7 percent) to report concerns.

1 Stingore J A and Claudio L. Disparities in the use of urgent health care services among asthmatic children. Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology 2006; 97(2): 244-50.