Maternal responsiveness and children's achievement of language milestones

Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda, Marc H. Bornstein, Lisa Baumwell

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This prospective longitudinal study examined the contribution of dimensions of maternal responsiveness (descriptions, play, imitations) to the timing of five milestones in children's (N = 40) early expressive language: first imitations, first words, 50 words in expressive language, combinatorial speech, and the use of language to talk about the past. Events-History Analysis, a statistical technique that estimates the extent to which predictors influence the timing of events, was used. At 9 and 13 months, maternal responsiveness and children's activities (e.g., vocalizations, play) were coded from videotaped interactions of mother-child free play; information about children's language acquisition was obtained through biweekly interviews with mothers from 9 through 21 months. Maternal responsiveness at both ages predicted the timing of children's achieving language milestones over and above children's observed behaviors. Responsiveness at 13 months was a stronger predictor of the timing of language milestones than was responsiveness at 9 months, and certain dimensions of responsiveness were more predictive than others. The multidimensional nature of maternal responsiveness and specificity in mother-child language relations are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)748-767
Number of pages20
JournalChild Development
Volume72
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2001

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Maternal responsiveness and children's achievement of language milestones. / Tamis-LeMonda, Catherine S.; Bornstein, Marc H.; Baumwell, Lisa.

In: Child Development, Vol. 72, No. 3, 05.2001, p. 748-767.

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Tamis-LeMonda, Catherine S. ; Bornstein, Marc H. ; Baumwell, Lisa. / Maternal responsiveness and children's achievement of language milestones. In: Child Development. 2001 ; Vol. 72, No. 3. pp. 748-767.
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