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Mothers’ work status and 17‐month‐olds’ productive vocabulary

Laing, Catherine and Bergelson, Elika 2019. Mothers’ work status and 17‐month‐olds’ productive vocabulary. Infancy 24 (1) , pp. 101-109. 10.1111/infa.12265
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Literature examining the effects of mothers’ work status on infant language development is mixed, with little focus on varying work schedules and early vocabulary. We use naturalistic data to analyze the productive vocabulary of 44 17‐month‐olds in relation to mothers’ work status (full time, part time, stay at home) at 6 and 18 months. Infants who experienced a combination of care from mothers and other caretakers had larger productive vocabularies than infants in solely full‐time maternal or solely other‐caretaker care. Our results draw from naturalistic data to suggest that this care combination may be particularly beneficial for early lexical development.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1525-0008
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 October 2018
Date of Acceptance: 15 August 2018
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2019 13:21

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