Journal article

Concurrent associations between maternal behaviours and infant communication within a cohort of women and their infants experiencing adversity

Jodie Smith, Penny Levickis, Tricia Eadie, Lesley Bretherton, Laura Conway, Sharon Goldfeld

International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2018


PURPOSE: Evidence suggests that children living in adversity are at greater risk of poorer language than their peers with the quality of parental interactions potentially mediating this association. Studies typically measure the mediatory impact of generic interaction styles making it difficult to discern which particular aspects of the interaction are facilitating language. This study aims to bridge this gap by identifying specific maternal behaviours associated with concurrent infant communication, in a cohort of 12-month old infants and their mothers experiencing adversity. METHOD: A total of 249 mother-infant free-play videos were collected from women experiencing adversity in Victoria a..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge and express our gratitude to all the families and researchers involved in the right@homeproject.This project was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and the NHMRC funded Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language (NHMRC Project Grant #1023493). All research at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. S. Goldfeld is also supported by an NHMRC Career Development Scholarship (1082922). We would also like to express our particular thanks to the team at Georgia State University for supporting us with the implementation of the fluency and connectedness measure. Final acknowledgement to Dr Fiona Mensah and Dr Cristina McKean for their helpful advice and guidance.