Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Human Development and Family Studies

First Advisor

Kere P. Hughes

Abstract

This study examined the role maternal and child characteristics play in children's subsequent communication development. The relationship between parent-child interactions and child communications skills was examined using the Indicator of Parent-Child Interactions (IPCI) and the Early Communication Indicator (ECI). Twenty-two mother-child dyads were assessed at three time points. Children ranged in age from 7 months to 30 months at the start of the study. Significant concurrent relationships were found between child engagement behaviors and total communication scores at time 1 and 3. A significant negative concurrent correlation existed between child reactivity behaviors and total communication scores at time 1. No significant predictive relationships were found. The IPCI total percentage scores at time 1 did not predict ECI total communication scores at time 2 or 3. The need for future research and implications for the field of parent-child interactions are discussed.

Copyright Owner

Meredith Anne Scott

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-30

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

55 pages

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