n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Assessment of developmental capacities of Nigerian infants and children using Denver Prescreening Developmental Questionnaire (DPDQ)

Volume 22, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



The Denver Pre-screening Developmental Questionnaire (DPDQ) was adapted and used to establish trends in developmental capacities of Nigerian infants and children. 1153 Infants and Children, consisting of 613 males and 540 females, randomly selected, and presumed to be normal served as participants. Their ages ranged between 2 and 72 months. The participants were sampled from Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Lagos West and Lagos East, all within Lagos city. The questionnaire administered covered four developmental function areas namely: gross motor, fine motor adaptive, personal social and language. Results obtained revealed sequential developmental capacities of the children studied and thereby make the DPDQ adaptable as a developmental screening device for Nigerian children.

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