ERIC Number: ED287267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-25
Reference Count: 0
Anxious Mothers and At-Risk Infants: The Influence of Mild Hearing Impairment on Early Interaction.
Day, Pat Spencer; Prezioso, Carlene
To examine the influence of imperfect audition in otherwise intact infants on early mother-infant interaction, three hard of hearing and three normally hearing infants were videotaped in interaction with their mothers. Interaction was coded, a narrative record of the mothers' nonverbal behavior was made, and transcripts of interviews with the mothers of hearing impaired infants were reviewed. Findings showed that at each age, hard of hearing infants spent more time looking at their mothers' hands than did the normally hearing infants; the two groups of infants showed similar patterns of expression of affect; mothers of hard of hearing infants produced more gestures than did mothers of hearing infants at both 10- and 12-month sessions, and appeared more hurried and eager to maintain their infants' visual attention than the other mothers; and each of the mothers of hard of hearing infants expressed concerns and worries about their child's speech and language development. The mothers' anxieties appeared to be translated into an overinterpretation of the negative effects of the infants' hearing loss leading to overprotection and simplification of play behaviors. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Baltimore, MD, April 23-26, 1987).