Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Harry Robe, Lois Lane, David Shiek
Department of Psychology
Master of Arts
Relationships between mothers' estimates of their infants' level of development, the amount mothers vocalize and model to their infants, and their infants' actual level of mental and motor development were explored using infants between twelve and thirty months of age. The data were analyzed by separate Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficients between all variables. A significant correlation was obtained between mothers' estimates of their infants' level of mental and motor development and the infants' obtained level of mental and motor development as measured by a standardized test. It was also discovered that as the age of the infants increased, their level of development decreased. Also, mothers tended to more accurately assess the level of mental development for girls and the level of motor development for boys. Another interesting finding was the fact that the amount of mothers verbalizations and total interaction significantly correlated with the estimated level of mental development for girls but not for boys. No other relationships were found to be significant.
Child Psychology | Family, Life Course, and Society | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology
Dunbar, James, "Relationships Between Mother Interaction Styles, Mothers' Estimates of Their Infants' Level of Development, & Infant Development" (1976). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 2283.