Title page for ETD etd-07072009-135413

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Onwujuba, Chinwe Laura
Author's Email Address conwuj1@tiger.lsu.edu, chynwe122@yahoo.com
URN etd-07072009-135413
Title Infant Communicative Behaviors and Maternal Responsiveness
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Human Ecology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Cynthia DiCarlo Committee Chair
Jennifer Baumgartner Committee Member
Loren Marks Committee Member
  • interactional synchrony
  • Dyadic interaction
Date of Defense 2009-06-23
Availability unrestricted
This study is an examination of infant communication and maternal responsivity in order to determine the impact of training on mother-infant communicative interaction. A sample of three mothers and their infants were observed during 10 minute free play sessions before and after a training intervention. The focus of the training was the principles of parenting contained in the Right-from-Birth: A Parenting Series (Grace & Lindsey, 2003) training. A multiple baseline design was used to measure maternal responsiveness to infant communication. Positive and negative maternal responses, as well as the rate of infant communication were also measured. Results showed an increase in positive maternal responses and a corresponding decrease in negative maternal responses. These findings underscore the importance of training on correct interpretation and appropriate maternal responses to infantís communicative cues, in order to encourage positive mother-infant interactions.

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