Roni Mermelshtine (Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck)
Jacqueline Barnes (Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, and Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust)
- Maternal older age, higher levels of education, a smaller family size and less home adversity were all associated with mothers being more responsive in interactions with their 10-month-olds.
- At 10 months, infants showing higher levels of mature object play were likely to experience more responsive and didactic input from their mothers.
- Maternal responsive and didactic behaviours in infancy were associated with subsequent cognitive development. An association that remained even after considering the effects of socio-demographic factors. Both contingent response and didactic input appear to matter in interactions as early as the first year.