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The Effects of Extra Postpartum Contact and Maternal Speech Patterns on Children's IQs, Speech, and Language Comprehension at Five

Norma Ringler, Mary Anne Trause, Marshall Klaus and John Kennell
Child Development
Vol. 49, No. 3 (Sep., 1978), pp. 862-865
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1128257
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1128257
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The Effects of Extra Postpartum Contact and Maternal Speech Patterns on Children's IQs, Speech, and Language Comprehension at Five
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Abstract

As part of a continuing study to determine the effects of early mother-infant contact on later maternal and child behavior, we studied the relationship between patterns of maternal speech while addressing their 2-year-olds and the children's speech and language comprehension at 5. Among those mother-child pairs who experienced extra contact in the immediate postpartum period, several dimensions of maternal speech were related to children's performance. There were, however, no significant correlations among the controls without extra contact.

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