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Maternal sensitivity and language in early childhood: a test of the transactional model.
Percept Mot Skills. 2011 Aug; 113(1):281-99.PM

Abstract

This study examined the relation between mothers' sensitive responsiveness to their children and the children's expressive language skills during early childhood. Reciprocal effects were tested with dyads of mothers and their children participating in the National Institute of Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development. Sensitive maternal interactions positively affected children's later expressive language in the second and third years of life. Although maternal sensitivity predicted later language skills in children, children's language did not affect later maternal sensitivity as indicated in a structural equation model. These results do not support the 1975 transactional model of child development of Sameroff and Chandler. A consistent pattern of sensitivity throughout infancy and early childhood indicates the importance of fostering maternal sensitivity in infancy for prevention or remediation of expressive language problems in young children.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Speech, Language, and Hearing Department, Leader Center, Human Services Building, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA 16444, USA. pleigh@edinboro.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21987927

Citation

Leigh, Patricia, et al. "Maternal Sensitivity and Language in Early Childhood: a Test of the Transactional Model." Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 113, no. 1, 2011, pp. 281-99.
Leigh P, Nievar MA, Nathans L. Maternal sensitivity and language in early childhood: a test of the transactional model. Percept Mot Skills. 2011;113(1):281-99.
Leigh, P., Nievar, M. A., & Nathans, L. (2011). Maternal sensitivity and language in early childhood: a test of the transactional model. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 113(1), 281-99.
Leigh P, Nievar MA, Nathans L. Maternal Sensitivity and Language in Early Childhood: a Test of the Transactional Model. Percept Mot Skills. 2011;113(1):281-99. PubMed PMID: 21987927.
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