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ERIC Number: EJ988695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Development of Spontaneous Grandparent-Infant Imitation across the First Year of Life
Kokkinaki, Theano; Germanakis, Ioannis; Pratikaki, Anastasia
Early Child Development and Care, v182 n5 p553-569 2012
The aim of the present study was to explore and compare systematically the developmental patterns of certain aspects of imitation, longitudinally from 2 to 10 months, in interactions of infants with grandfathers and grandmothers. Sixteen infants were video-recorded at home in the course of spontaneous dyadic interactions with maternal grandfathers and grandmothers. Micro-analysis of imitative episodes provided evidence of "similarities" in the developmental pattern of infant imitations, totally and of certain imitated acts, and infant turn-taking imitations, while "differences" were found for infant imitation, totally, and for vowel-consonant imitation, the developmental pattern of infant co-actions and facial expression imitations. Grandfathers and grandmothers offer infants a sense of "consistency"--with predictable and overlapping behaviours--and a "redundant variety" of stimulatory and unique communications. It is assumed that grandfathers constitute carefully attentive, sensitive communicating partners and unique emotional components of infants' social experience who promote adaptive development. (Contains 1 table and 6 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: Greece