ERIC Number: EJ877728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
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Mother-Infant Interaction during the First 3 Months: The Emergence of Culture-Specific Contingency Patterns
Kartner, Joscha; Keller, Heidi; Yovsi, Relindis D.
Child Development, v81 n2 p540-554 Mar-Apr 2010
This study analyzed German and Nso mothers' auditory, proximal, and visual contingent responses to their infants' nondistress vocalizations in postnatal Weeks 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12. Visual contingency scores increased whereas proximal contingency scores decreased over time for the independent (German urban middle-class, N = 20) but not the interdependent sociocultural context (rural Nso farmers, N = 24). It seems, therefore, that culture-specific differences in the modal patterns of contingent responsiveness emerge during the 2nd and 3rd months of life. This differential development was interpreted as the result of the interplay between maturational processes associated with the 2-month shift that are selectively integrated and reinforced in culture-specific mother-infant interaction.
Descriptors: Mothers, Infants, Parent Child Relationship, Interaction, German, Age Differences, Child Language, Foreign Countries, Child Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Germany