ERIC Number: ED313881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Maternal Compensatory Factors for Infants with Cerebral Palsy.
Hrncir, Elizabeth J.; And Others
Viewed from an ecological perspective, maternal sense of competence and social support would be expected to influence a mother's spontaneous interactions with her infant. In this study 29 mother-infant dyads were visited in their homes when the infants with cerebral palsy were 18 months old. Infants' solitary spontaneous play and mother-infant interactive play were videotaped. Mothers were asked to complete a measure of functional/dysfunctional maternal-child caregiving patterns. Results suggest that characteristics of an optimal caregiving context for such infants are maternal interaction, confidence in parenting skills, and narrowing of the mother's social interests. Over time, however, maternal isolation may place the ecological balance of the caregiving context at risk. (Author/PB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Kansas City, MO, April 27-30, 1989).