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ERIC Number: EJ793847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 123
ISSN: ISSN-0002-726X
An Intersubjective Developmental Perspective on Interactions between Deaf and Hearing Mothers and Their Deaf Infants
Loots, Gerrit; Devise, Isabel
American Annals of the Deaf, v148 n4 p295-307 Fall 2003
Most research into interactions between mothers and their infants with hearing impairments focuses on mothers' and infants' behaviors separately, speculating about the interplay among these behaviors and their effects on child development. In the present article, an intersubjective developmental theory focusing on the development of the "interworld" between deaf and hearing mothers and their deaf infants is used to integrate and interpret the seemingly incoherent research on early mother-deaf child interaction. Inspired by Stern's work (e.g., Stern, 1985), the intersubjective developmental theory distinguishes four stages in the development of intersubjectivity: emerging (birth-2 months), physical (2-8 months), existential (8-13 months), and symbolic (13 months and older), each characterized by a different type of mother-infant interaction. The integration of research findings on early mother-deaf child interaction into these four developmental stages offers new perspectives that can advance research and resolve certain early-intervention issues. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A