ERIC Number: EJ891257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
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A Pilot Study of Maternal Sensitivity in the Context of Emergent Autism
Baker, Jason K.; Messinger, Daniel S.; Lyons, Kara K.; Grantz, Caroline J.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v40 n8 p988-999 Aug 2010
Unstructured mother-toddler interactions were examined in 18-month-old high- and low-risk children subsequently diagnosed (n = 12) or not diagnosed (n = 21) with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) at 36 months. Differences in maternal sensitivity were not found as a function of emergent ASD status. A differential-susceptibility moderation model of child risk guided investigations linking maternal sensitivity to child behavior and language growth. Group status moderated the relation between sensitivity and concurrent child behavior problems, with a positive association present for children with emergent ASD. Maternal sensitivity at 18 months predicted expressive language growth from age 2 to 3 years among children with emergent ASD only. Findings underscore the importance of understanding parent-child interaction during this key period in the development of autism symptomatology.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Autism, Child Behavior, Parent Child Relationship, Expressive Language, Mothers, Affective Behavior, At Risk Persons, Toddlers, Predictor Variables, Language Acquisition, Observation, Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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