Title page for ETD etd-0417102-170544

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Poston, Vicky Lynn
Author's Email Address vposto1@lsu.edu
URN etd-0417102-170544
Title A Descriptive Study of at Risk Mothers' Interactions with Their Children
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Communication Sciences and Disorders
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Janna Oetting Committee Chair
Jan Norris Committee Member
Paul Hoffman Committee Member
  • low-income mothers
  • African-American mothers
  • mother-child interactions
  • child language
Date of Defense 2002-03-28
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this study was to describe the home environment and nature of mother-child interactions of low-income African-American mothers. The subjects included eight mother-child dyads. All of the mothers were single, African-American and working toward a G.E.D. Their age ranged from 17-30 years of age. Their children ranged in age from 24-67 months. A home visit and a mother-child play session that was collected at the children’s child care center were utilized to collect the data.

The findings from the current study were consistent with the literature reviewed in that most of the mothers produced a decreased speech rate, decreased number of word types, decreased percentage of affirmatives, and an increased percentage of controlling behaviors compared to data from middle socioeconomic status mothers. It is important to note, however, that the mothers did vary in their language behaviors. Although previous studies have found significant differences between the language behaviors of lower socioeconomic status mothers when compared to upper-middle class and professional mothers, the results of this study indicate that a range of variability does exist among the former group of mothers.

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