ERIC Number: EJ743055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Analysis of Mother-Infant Interaction in Infants with Down Syndrome and Typically Developing Infants
Slonims, Vicky; McConachie, Helen
American Journal on Mental Retardation, v111 n4 p273-289 2006
Delays in development of early social behaviors in babies with Down syndrome are likely to affect patterns of interaction with their caregivers. We videotaped 23 babies in face-to-face interaction with their mothers at 8 and 20 weeks of age and compared them to 23 typically developing infants and their mothers. Social behaviors, mothers' behaviors, and quality of interaction were rated. At 8 weeks, babies with Down syndrome were significantly less communicative and lively than the typically developing babies. Their mothers' behaviors did not differ at 8 weeks, but did at 20 weeks. Although the social behaviors of babies with Down syndrome improved over time, qualitative differences remained.
Descriptors: Mothers, Infants, Parent Child Relationship, Down Syndrome, Child Development, Developmental Delays, Comparative Analysis, Social Behavior, Mother Attitudes, Individual Differences, Interpersonal Communication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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