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Analysis of mother-infant interaction in infants with Down syndrome and typically developing infants

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Helen McConachie


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Delays in development of early social behaviors in babies with Down syndrome are likely to affect patterns of interaction with their caregivers. We videotaped 23 babies in face-to-face interaction with their mothers at 8 and 20 weeks of age and compared them to 23 typically developing infants and their mothers. Social behaviors, mothers' behaviors, and quality of interaction were rated. At 8 weeks, babies with Down syndrome were significantly less communicative and lively than the typically developing babies. Their mothers' behaviors did not differ at 8 weeks, but did at 20 weeks. Although the social behaviors of babies with Down syndrome improved over time, qualitative differences remained. © American Association on Mental Retardation.

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Author(s): Slonims V, McConachie H

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: American Journal on Mental Retardation

Year: 2006

Volume: 111

Issue: 4

Pages: 273-289

Print publication date: 01/07/2006

ISSN (print): 0895-8017

ISSN (electronic): 1944-7558

Publisher: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


DOI: 10.1352/0895-8017(2006)111[273:AOMIII]2.0.CO;2


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