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Maternal expectations of their infants' development: some cultural differences.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2753243     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A total of 124 mothers from three cultural groups living in the same British city were asked to give the ages at which they expected their one-month-old infants to achieve three motor milestones. Jamaican mothers expected their infants to sit and walk much earlier than their English and Indian counterparts. The Indian mothers gave later estimates for crawling than those of the other two groups. The actual ages at which the abilities were attained closely reflected the cultural differences in expectations between the Jamaican and English mothers. Jamaican mothers were particularly accurate in predicting sitting age. These results are discussed in relation to cultural theories of child development, together with their implications for child health in multicultural societies.
B Hopkins; T Westra
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental medicine and child neurology     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0012-1622     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Med Child Neurol     Publication Date:  1989 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-08-28     Completed Date:  1989-08-28     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0006761     Medline TA:  Dev Med Child Neurol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  384-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Educational Sciences, Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Child Development*
Cross-Cultural Comparison*
England / ethnology
Great Britain
India / ethnology
Jamaica / ethnology
Maternal Behavior*
Motor Activity*

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