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ERIC Number: ED104522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May-2
Pages: 16
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Mother Training as a Means of Accelerating Childhood Development in a High Risk Population.
Badger, Earladeen; And Others
This paper describes an intensive educational program for mother-infant pairs from disadvantaged populations. The program had three aims: (1) to help the mothers understand that the way they interact with their infants makes an important difference in the child's development; (2) to encourage and teach mothers to respond to infant vocalizing and behavioral indicators of interest and stress; and (3) to teach the mothers a sequence of child development skills which enables them to choose appropriately stimulating material and games. The experiment involved 48 mother-child pairs. Half of the mothers participated in the educational programs; adolescent mothers attended the classes separately from the older mothers. The remaining 24 mothers received home visits from a nurse or social worker who discussed general problems but offered no specific instructions on skill development. The development of all of the infants was measured with the Uzgiris-Hunt Infant Ordinal Scales of Psychological Development and the Bayley Scales of Infant Development. Preliminary results of the experiment are given and some implications of these results and certain program procedures are discussed. (SDH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Pediatric Research (Washington, D.C., May 2, 1974)