ERIC Number: EJ1036116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Infant Communicative Behaviors and Maternal Responsiveness
DiCarlo, Cynthia F.; Onwujuba, Chinwe; Baumgartner, Jennifer I.
Child & Youth Care Forum, v43 n2 p195-209 Apr 2014
Background: This study applies attachment and transactional theories in evaluating the dyadic interactions observed between a mother and her infant. Infant communication and maternal responsivity are highlighted as the medium for positive interaction. Objective: The impact of individualized maternal training on mother infant communicative interaction is proposed to be positive. Methods: A sample of three mothers and their infants were observed during 10 min free play sessions before and after a training intervention. The focus of the training was the principles of parenting contained in the Right-from-Birth: A Parenting Series (Grace and Lindsey in "Right from Birth: A Parenting Series Guide for Facilitators," Educational Broadcasting and Early Childhood Institute, Mississippi, 2003) training. A multiple baseline design was used to measure maternal responsiveness to infant communication. Positive and negative maternal responses, as well as the rate of infant communication were also measured. Results: Results showed an increase in positive maternal responses, a decrease in negative maternal responses as well as an increase in the rate of infant communication. Conclusion: These findings underscore the importance of training on correct interpretation of and appropriate maternal responses to infant's communicative cues, in order to encourage positive mother-infant interactions.
Descriptors: Infants, Interpersonal Communication, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Attachment Behavior, Parent Education, Interaction, Observation, Play, Responses, Program Effectiveness, Training, Cues
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Education Level: Adult Education
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