Identifier

etd-07072009-135413

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Human Ecology

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

This study is an examination of infant communication and maternal responsivity in order to determine the impact of training on mother-infant communicative interaction. A sample of three mothers and their infants were observed during 10 minute 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 & Lindsey, 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 showed an increase in positive maternal responses and a corresponding decrease in negative maternal responses. These findings underscore the importance of training on correct interpretation and appropriate maternal responses to infant’s communicative cues, in order to encourage positive mother-infant interactions.

Date

2009

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Cynthia DiCarlo

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Human Ecology Commons

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