ERIC Number: ED335838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Maternal Directiveness in Interactions with Developmentally Delayed Children: A Correlational Analysis.
Interactions between 25 mothers and their developmentally delayed children (ages 2-5) during 15 minutes of semi-structured free play were coded independently with a global rating scale and a behavior count coding scheme. Correlational analyses were performed around three central themes: (1) the nature of the relationship between maternal directiveness and other maternal behaviors that are traditionally considered to be facilitative of child development, e.g., sensitivity, responsiveness, and warmth; (2) the relationship between directiveness and intrusiveness; and (3) the relationship of directiveness to child developmental competence and on-line child behavior. Results showed that while directive mothers tended to deny their children response opportunities, directiveness did not necessarily preclude or suppress sensitivity, responsiveness, and warmth. No consistent pattern of relationships was found between directiveness and intrusiveness. Across the two coding schemes, maternal directiveness varied significantly as a function of children's level of cognitive competence and behavioral engagement. These findings are discussed in relation to existing conceptions of maternal directiveness and its potential role in handicapped children's development. Includes 37 references. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intrusiveness; Maternal Directiveness
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).