Research Article

Growth, behaviour, and educational achievement of Jamaican children with sickle-cell trait.

Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: (Published 05 June 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:1371
  1. M T Ashcroft,
  2. P Desai,
  3. S A Richardson,
  4. Serjeant


    A longitudinal study of the mental and physical development of 200 children with normal haemoglobin and 21 with the sickle-cell trait was carried out in a small rural community in Jamaica. At about 2 and 10 years of age heights and weights showed no significant differences. At about 10 years of age classroom behaviour, sociability, and educational achievement were similar. The results suggest that the sickle-cell trait does not affect growth and mental development.