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ERIC Number: EJ850462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1363-755X
The Role of Joint Attention in the Development of Infants' Play with Objects
Bigelow, Ann E.; MacLean, Kim; Proctor, Jane
Developmental Science, v7 n5 p518-526 Nov 2004
Year-old infants' play was scored within and outside joint attention with mother and when alone for four levels of maturity: stereotypical, inappropriate relational, appropriate relational, functional. Maternal sensitivity within joint attention was rated on two measures: following infants' interests and scaffolding infants' activities. Infants' play was more advanced with mother than when alone. With mother, infants had more functional and appropriate relational play within joint attention and more stereotypical play outside joint attention, indicating more advanced play within joint attention and more immature play outside joint attention. Functional play within joint attention, but not outside joint attention, correlated with functional play when alone. Mothers' ability to scaffold infants' activities within joint attention may be particularly facilitative to infants' advanced play.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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