ERIC Number: EJ1060703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Development of Body-Part Vocabulary in Toddlers in Relation to Self-Understanding
Waugh, Whitney E.; Brownell, Celia A.
Early Child Development and Care, v185 n7 p1166-1179 2015
To better understand young children's ability to communicate about their bodies, toddlers' comprehension and production of 27 common body-part words was assessed using parental report at 20 and 30 months (n?=?64), and self-awareness was assessed using mirror self-recognition. Children at both ages comprehended more body-part words that referred to themselves than to others' bodies, and more words referring to locations that they could see on themselves than to those they could not see. Children with more advanced mirror self-recognition comprehended and produced more body-part words. These findings suggest that with age and better understanding of the self, children also possess a better understanding of the body, and they provide new information about factors that affect how young children begin to talk about their own and others' bodies. They should be useful for practitioners who need to ask children about their bodies and body parts.
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Human Body, Vocabulary Development, Toddlers, Parent Attitudes, Metacognition, Child Development, Questionnaires, Check Lists, Task Analysis, Parent Child Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
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IES Grant or Contract Numbers: HD043971|HD055283