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ERIC Number: EJ1026571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Parental Perception of a Baby Sign Workshop on Stress and Parent-Child Interaction
Mueller, Vannesa; Sepulveda, Amanda
Early Child Development and Care, v184 n3 p450-468 2014
Introduction: Baby sign language is gaining in popularity. However, research has indicated a lack of empirical research supporting its use. In addition, research suggests that baby sign training may increase stress levels in parents. Methods: Nine families with children ranging in age from six months to two years; five months participated in a baby sign workshop. Survey data were analysed to determine parental stress levels as a result of the workshop or using signs with their children. Additionally, information from parents regarding parent-child interactions was recorded. Results: The data suggests that the use of baby signs enhanced parent-child communication, strengthened the parent-child bond, and reduced frustration. Furthermore, the data indicated that the use of baby signs with infants did not cause increased stress on parents. Key aspects of baby sign training that seem to reduce and inhibit stress in parents are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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