Mother–Infant Interactions at 12 and 18 Months

Kathryn P. Meadow-Orlans and Annie G. Steinberg

in The World of Deaf Infants

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195147902
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893775 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives on Deafness

Mother–Infant Interactions at 12 and 18 Months

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This chapter examines mother-infant interactions at 12 and 18 months. It shows that many deaf mothers with hearing children and hearing mothers with deaf children exhibited appropriate interactive behaviors and reinforced their child's positive responses. However, the striking group differences in mean scores between the matched hearing status dyads and those for the unmatched hearing status dyads raise a flag of concern. Hearing mothers with deaf infants routinely receive support services, mandated by federal law. This research suggests that deaf mothers with hearing infants could well benefit from similar services to help them deal with the practical and the emotional challenges of parenting a child whose communicative needs and abilities differ significantly from their own.

Keywords: mother-infant interactions; parenting stress; deaf mothers; hearing children; hearing mothers

Chapter.  6768 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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