International Journal of Social Policy & Education

ISSN 2689-4998 (print), 2689-5013 (online)

Congenital Abnormalities: Using the Parent Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) Screening Instrument in a Displaced Amazonian Community of Peru

Donna McCrary Ph. D. & Jenifer Dyer Ph. D.


Reducing developmental delay and congenital anomalies has become a primary focus for improving conditions for children and families in developing countries. With decreased infant and child mortality, the occurrence of developmental delays and disabilities has increased. Consequently, the prevalence of developmental issues is larger in developing countries. This study focused the rate of congenital abnormalities among young children in a displaced Amazonian community of Peru. Information was gathered on mothers’ perceptions of their child’s development using the Parents Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) survey instrument.