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ERIC Number: ED429695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Comparison of Mother-Infant Interactions between Japanese Dyads and American Dyads.
Hirose, Taiko; Shinoki, Eri; Hamada, Yuko
Mother-infant interaction creates a context for socioemotional, behavioral, and cognitive development. This study used the Nursing Child Assessment Feeding Scale (NCAFS) and the Nursing Child Assessment Teaching Scale (NCATS) to examine mother-infant interaction in Japanese dyads. Subjects were residing in Hikkaido, Japan, and assessments were obtained when infants were 13, 18, and 24 months of age. Comparative cross-sectional data were obtained from the Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training database drawn from populations throughout the United States. Comparative analysis indicated major differences in the two samples, including age, marital status, education, parity, and ethnicity, with Japanese samples being more homogeneous. The variables that were predictive of NCAFS/NCATS scores were different for the two samples. Birth weight was predictive of Japanese scores, but was unavailable for the American sample. Mother's education and age, child's gender, and birth weight were important predictors for the Japanese sample. Changes in scores over time were demonstrated in the Japanese sample, there were fewer comparable age differences in the American data. It may be concluded that NCAFS/NCATS scores reasonably measure the quality of Japanese mother-child interactions, with further study warranted to assess the impact of different methods of observation, using larger sample sizes and controlling for demographic and geographical factors. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Japan; United States