ERIC Number: EJ1088577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
Mutuality in Mother-Child Interactions in an Antillean Intervention Group
Boomstra, Nienke W.; van Dijk, Marijn W. G.; van Geert, Paul L. C.
Early Child Development and Care, v186 n2 p213-228 2016
This article describes a study on mutuality in mother-child interaction during reading and playing sessions. Within mother-child interaction, mutuality is seen as important in language acquisition. The study was executed within a group of Netherlands Antillean mother-child dyads who participated in an intervention programme. Mutuality was operationalised as balance in conversation, joint involvement, affection, and more practical elements such as asking questions. Twelve participants were observed at least once. In five cases, repeated measures were also collected. Group data revealed that only few differences exist between the outcomes of the reading and playing sessions. The differences that were found, concerning balance and affection, were favourable to the play situations. However, large inter- and intra-individual differences were found in all observed measures of mutuality, which suggests the importance of idiographic research methods. The practical implication is that researchers and interventionists should be sensitive to individual differences and be careful with applying group data to individuals.
Descriptors: Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Interaction, Intervention, Reading, Play, Language Acquisition, Interpersonal Communication, Observation, Affective Behavior, Foreign Countries, Attention, Young Children, Coding, Case Studies, Monte Carlo Methods, Home Visits
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands