Title page for ETD etd-08142006-110117
|Type of Document
||Abraham, Jane L.
||Mother and infant communication : mothers' experiences and infants' preferences
|Cooper, Robin K. Panneton
|Foti, Roseanne J.
|Gustafson, Sigrid B.
|Magliaro, Susan G.
|Sturgis, Ellie T.
|Date of Defense
Two longitudinal studies were conducted ito explore
the mother-infant communication process during the first
four months of postnatal life. One study focused on
mothers' experiences communicating with their infants.
Forty-seven mothers were interviewed when their infants
were 6 to 8 weeks of age; 42 of the same mothers were
interviewed when their infants were 16 to 18 weeks of
age. Mothers were asked questions about their
interactions with their infants, how they talked to their
infants, why they talked to their infants, how they
learned to talk to their infants, and what th,eir beliefs
were about the relationship between talking to infants
and development. A model was constructed from these
data, conceptualizing the communication process between
mothers and their young infants. Four themes were
identified: expert advice influenced some mother-infant
communication; mothers and infants co-regulated some of
their communication; maternal communication behaviors
were consistent across age and ethnicity; and experience talking to pets influenced some new mothers' speaking
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