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Maternal verbal interaction in different situations with infants bornprematurely or at term

Reissland, N; Shepherd, J; Stephenson, T

Authors

J Shepherd

T Stephenson



Abstract

The present study investigates whether maternal verbal behaviour, in terms of the use of declaratives, interrogatives and imperatives, can be accounted for by gestational age of the infant, or the situation in which mother-infant pairs were observed. Thirteen mothers and their premature and term babies were observed twice in three situations, namely playing with, feeding and changing their infants. The first observation took place at a mean gestational age of 40 weeks and the second observation took place approximately 7 weeks later. All mothers used more imperatives during play than during changing or feeding situations. Mothers used more interrogatives during play than during changing or feeding, and they used more declaratives during both changing and playing than during feeding. In contrast, gestational age influenced only the complexity of maternal interrogatives. It is concluded that situational factors are significant and hence that the mother's role has to be judged relative to the context in which mothers and infants are observed. Copyright (C) 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Citation

Reissland, N., Shepherd, J., & Stephenson, T. (1999). Maternal verbal interaction in different situations with infants bornprematurely or at term. Infant and Child Development, 8(1), 39-48. https://doi.org/10.1002/%28sici%291522-7219%28199903%298%3A1%3C39%3A%3Aaid-icd189%3E3.0.co%3B2-%23

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 1999-03
Journal Infant and Child Development
Print ISSN 1522-7227
Publisher Wiley
Volume 8
Issue 1
Pages 39-48
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/%28sici%291522-7219%28199903%298%3A1%3C39%3A%3Aaid-icd189%3E3.0.co%3B2-%23