Journal article

Associations between Maternal Behaviors at 1 Year and Child Language at 2 Years in a Cohort of Women Experiencing Adversity

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

INFANCY | WILEY | Published : 2018


Variations in parenting have been suggested as contributing to a higher prevalence of language difficulties in children experiencing economic, environmental, and social adversity. Within these cohorts, the contribution of responsive and intrusive parenting to child language has been investigated; specific responsive and intrusive behaviors encapsulated within these parenting styles have yet to be fully examined. Additionally, the role of the mother–child dynamic in moderating mother–child associations has also not been explored. This study aimed to augment current research by identifying specific responsive and intrusive maternal behaviors associated with child language in a cohort experienc..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge and express our gratitude to all the families and researchers involved on the right@home project. 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 like to thank the team at Georgia State University for supporting with the implementation of the fluency and connectedness measure. We would like to thank Dr Fiona Mensah for her statistical advice and Alice Ghazarian for her support with reliability ratings.