ERIC Number: ED418781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Effect of the Young Child-Carrying Practices of Nigerian Woman: On Gross Motor and Language Development in Young Children.
Suskind, Diana; Iseghohimhen, Tony Onon; Aondo-Akaa, Patricia Ashi
This study examined the effect of the young child-carrying practices of Nigerian women on gross motor and language development in young children. The data collected were designed to help ascertain if and how these practices affect the child's later development. The data documented a variety of factors, including: general medical background, delivery history, statistical Apgar (measures for infant's well being), birth weight, and physical abnormalities; also documented were feeding method and position, sleeping location and position, chronology of adult-assisted infant carrying related to the child's gross motor development during floor time, carrying practices, and language acquisition. The study found that carrying practices in Nigeria are a cultural and logistical necessity for mothers for purposes of transportation, field and farm work, and child safety. It was also found that through observation, the Nigerian adult teaches the next milestone to the infant, for example, propping the infant to teach sitting or holding the infants' hands above his or her head while teaching walking. Recommendations were made to revise the study questionnaire to provide sufficient space and a clear definition to the population of what was meant by "floor time." The study concluded that more observational study is needed and the demonstration of developmentally appropriate practices will aid in the competency and well being of Nigerian infants. (A copy of the questionnaire is included.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Carrying Position (Infants); Nigeria
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