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ERIC Number: ED414021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 17
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Lifestyle, Dwelling Conditions and Daily Routine as Qualitative Indicators of Infant Development: A Study of 0-3 Years Old Children from Rural Brazilian Northeast.
Rabinovich, Elaine Pedreira
The developing child and his/her eco-social-cultural context is the focus of study of 28 children ages 0-3 years in the rural area of Cocal, Piaui in Northeast Brazil. Ethnographic methods, naturalistic observations and semi-structured interviews were used to ascertain the physical context (the house and its surroundings), as well as maternal work/breastfeeding routines and their effect on weaning, the child sleeping with or away from the parents at night, the particulars of toilet training in this environment, the child caretaking network, and questions of child autonomy as part of the larger social pattern. Results suggest that: (1) this is an ecosystem which still operates in an integrated manner, but already shows signs of acculturation; (2) the lack of social support during the severe droughts is contributing to family disintegration; (3) and the child is not expected to develop autonomy and the be capable of self-determined transformation actions, thus reproducing the parents' life conditions. (MT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil