Maternal responsivity in mothers of young children with Down syndrome

  • Sterling A
  • Warren S
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Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine maternal responsivity and directive behaviors in mothers of children with Down syndrome (DS). Methods: Participants included 22 mothers with a young child with DS compared to 22 mothers of chronologically age-matched typically developing (TD) children using a cross-sectional design. The dyads participated in videotaped structured activities that were coded for responsive and directive behaviors. Results: Results indicated that the mothers of children with DS used a more facilitative style with the older children while these behaviors decreased with older children with TD; one directive behavior, request for behavioral comply, increased with the older children with DS. Conclusion: The mothers of children with DS adapted their parenting style to be facilitative of their children's linguistic development. © 2014 Informa UK Ltd.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Down syndrome
  • Intellectual disability
  • Language development
  • Maternal responsivity
  • Parent-child interactions

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  • A Sterling

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