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University students were more likely to come from smaller families with features indicative of better
quality of life.
Objective: To compare perinatal and social factors in students admitted to The University of the West Indies (UWI), Kingston, Jamaica, at age 18 years with those in the rest of the Jamaican Perinatal Cohort.
This paper reviews the important findings and
recommendations of two comprehensive longitudinal
studies of children conducted in Jamaica. Policy and
programme impact are identified.
Background: Birth cohort and other longitudinal studies of children’s health, development and behaviour have provided important information on child and adult outcomes. This has allowed evidence based policy and programme development targeted at issues specific to countries. Few studies have been conducted in developing countries. This paper reports on the findings and policy implications of two comprehensive longitudinal studies in Jamaica.