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    Maternal responsive-didactic caregiving in play interactions with 10-month-olds and cognitive development at 18 months

    Mermelshtine, Roni and Barnes, Jacqueline (2016) Maternal responsive-didactic caregiving in play interactions with 10-month-olds and cognitive development at 18 months. Infant and Child Development 25 (3), pp. 296-316. ISSN 1099-0917.

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    Maternal responsive-didactic caregiving (RDC) and infant advanced object play were investigated in a sample of 400 mothers and their 10-month-old infants during video-recorded semi-structured play interactions. Three maternal behaviours: contingent response, cognitively stimulating language and autonomy promoting speech were coded and infant object play. Factor analysis confirmed the three maternal behaviours loaded onto one underlying factor, labelled RDC. Based on ecological and transactional theories of development, associations between RDC and infant (advanced object play), maternal (age, education, ethnicity and first language) and family (size and home adversity) factors were investigated. Multiple regressions (1) explored the predictors of maternal RDC; (2) tested the possible role of maternal RDC in predicting infant intellectual development at 18 months. At 10 months infants showing higher levels of play maturity experienced more maternal responsive and didactic feedback. All mother and family characteristics predicted variations in maternal RDC. Predicting 18-months cognitive development, RDC had significant effect over and above maternal education, home adversity and infant play. Mother’s first language remained significant, reflecting that RDC, in this investigation, relies heavily on language input. The findings highlight the importance of both contingent response and didactic contributions in interactions to subsequent cognitive development, as early as the first year.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): mother–infant interaction, contingent response, didactic caregiving, infant cognitive development, infant object play
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Children, Families and Social Issues, Institute for the Study of (Closed)
    Depositing User: Jacqueline Barnes
    Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2016 09:54
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:21


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