The relationship between socioeconomic status and Infant-Directed Action An exploration into individual differences

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Description: The purpose of this study was to investigate the presence of individual differences in Infant Directed Action (IDA), a phenomenon recently described by Brand, Baldwin, & Ashburn (2002). To accomplish this goal, the interactions between 48 mother-infant dyads were videotaped during an object presentation task. Afterwards, mothers were given a questionnaire assessing two indices of socioeconomic status (SES), maternal education and household income. Maternal behavior was evaluated using the coding procedures of Brand et al. with mothers receiving scores for each empirically supported dimension of IDA: simplicity, repetitiveness, range of motion, proximity, enthusiasm, and interactiveness. Multiple regression analyses were utilized to assess the predictive power of SES in regards to these dimensions. SES was only able to account for a significant proportion of the variance observed within Enthusiasm. The model also approached significance when predicting individual differences in Range of Motion. The results and their potential implications are discussed.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work