Infants' persistence and mothers' teaching as predictors of toddlers' cognitive development

Poonam Nina Banerjee, Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda

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Abstract

This study examined the relative contributions of infants' persistence and mothers' teaching at 6 and 14 months to infants' cognitive development at 14 months in a sample of 65 low-income mother-infant dyads. Infants' persistence was assessed from a videotaped persistence task at 6 months and from the Behavior Record Scale of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development, 2nd ed. (BSID II) at 14 months. Mothers' teaching was assessed from a videotaped teaching interaction at 6 and 14 months using the Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training (NCAST) teaching scale. Cognitive development at 14 months was based on the Mental Scale, BSID II. Infants' persistence at both ages and mothers' teaching at 6 months each explained unique variance in infants' cognitive status at 14 months. Persistence appears to be a stable quality that can be measured early on, and both infants' early persistence and mothers' teaching are direct pathways to cognitive status at the start of the second year.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-491
Number of pages13
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2007

Keywords

  • Cognitive development
  • Infancy
  • Maternal responsivity
  • Maternal sensitivity
  • Mothers' teaching
  • Persistence
  • Temperament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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