Parent cognitions and parent-infant interaction: The relationship with development in the first 12 months

Melissa Ferrier-Lynn, Helen Skouteris

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This study examined pa rent cognitions and parent-infant interaction in terms of their contribution to infant development in the first 12 months. With a sample of 95 mother-infant dyads, results using structural equation modelling confirmed the expected finding that parent-infant interaction mediates the association between parent cognitions and infant development. An unexpected finding was that the direct association between parent cognitions and infant development was stronger than the direct association between parent-infant interaction and infant development. These findings are discussed with regard to the implications for preventative and early intervention models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-26
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Journal of Early Childhood
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes

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