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ERIC Number: ED340465
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Pages: 12
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The Influence of the Mother-Child Relationship on the Emergence of Symbolic Play.
Baruch, Caren
This study examined three elements of the mother-child relationship that have been found to influence cognitive development: (1) the child's security of attachment to the mother; (2) the sensitivity of the mother to her child's cues; and (3) maternal work status during the child's first year of life. Considered are the relationship of each of these elements to symbolic play, and the way in which all three variables relate to the child's symbolic play when the variables are used as a multivariate model. Symbolic play was assessed in the contexts of stressful and nonstressful play episodes. Results indicate that child's security of attachment and maternal sensitivity both independently influence a child's symbolic play level in the stressful episodes but not in the nonstressful episodes. When all three variables are examined together, a more complete picture of factors that influence a child's symbolic play emerges. The findings indicate that the interpersonal relationship does not affect the child's cognitive competency. The mother-child relationship influences the child's abilities to use external assistance appropriately and to explore in the face of frustration: abilities which affect the child's ability to obtain the highest level of symbolic play. Implications for further research with older children are considered. (Author/GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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