Child-infant interaction: a micro-analysis

Greville-Harris, Gillian (1986). Child-infant interaction: a micro-analysis. PhD thesis The Open University.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.ro.0000f7d4

Abstract

Thirty-two children were video-recorded in face-to-face interaction with 10 month old infant partners. The child sample comprised equal numbers of two age groups (4 & 7 years), two experience levels (with & without baby siblings) and the two sexes. The sample of babies was similarly balanced for sex and experience with older siblings. The dyadic interactions were subjected to frame-by-frame analysis.

The speech and behaviours of the children were classified according to a category system pertaining to the speech style, Motherese, and the caregivers' repertoire of behaviours. Social-approach behaviours and number of responses to babies' overtures were also noted. A sample of mothers interacting with their infants was included in the analysis to provide a source of comparison with the children.

The babies' behaviours were classified according to the number of vocalizations and social-approaches made.

The emergence of child-infant interaction skills is discussed, with special reference to the evolution of the speech style, Motherese, and the caregivers' repertoire of behaviours. The different aspects of interaction - speech style, behaviours, approaches and responsiveness, were found to vary in the child as a function of age, sex and experience with a baby sibling.

Social-approach behaviours in the baby were found to vary according to experience with an older sibling. There was no variance in the babies' behaviours due to sex.

Viewing alternatives

Download history

Metrics

Public Attention

Altmetrics from Altmetric

Number of Citations

Citations from Dimensions

Item Actions

Export

About

Recommendations