Child psychiatric disorder and relative age in school year

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7426.1286-a (Published 27 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1286

Holding back may cause more harm

  1. Robyn M Greenwell, parent (stmcg@fl.net.au)
  1. 39 Gordon Avenue, Newcastle, Hamilton, NSW 2302, Australia

    EDITOR–Radecki's perspective from the United States (previous letter) on the problem of age and psychiatric disorder in children discussed by Goodman et al is interesting.1 In Australia holding back is very much encouraged by education authorities and the media and is deemed almost mandatory for boys, who are regarded as suffering far more disadvantage from “early” school starts.

    In New South Wales …

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