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ERIC Number: EJ832806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-1525-0008
Families, Not Parents, Differ: Development of Communication in Finnish Infants
Haapakoski, Maija; Silven, Maarit
Infancy, v14 n2 p195-221 Mar 2009
This longitudinal study on Finnish families was conducted to identify developmental differences in family-level communication among mothers, fathers, and their infants during the second half of the infant's first year, and associations with infants' later language and communicative skills. We examined coregulated communication of parent-infant dyads during 5-min laboratory play sessions at 7 and 11 months. Few differences in mutually regulated communicative exchanges emerged between maternal and paternal dyads, and few developmental changes were found across the whole sample. Families with different communication profiles were identified, and changes rather than stability characterized communicative development at the family level. The family-level differences at 7 months predicted variation in children's language and communicative skills at 14 months. (Contains 5 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland