First time mothers' knowledge and beliefs regarding early communication development

Williams, Vicki, Pearce, Wendy M., and Devine, Sue (2014) First time mothers' knowledge and beliefs regarding early communication development. Early Child Development and Care, 184 (1). pp. 15-31.

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Limited literature exists in the Australian context about first-time mothers' knowledge of early communication milestones, their strategies to facilitate speech and language development and understanding of the relationship between early communication skills and future development. A cross-sectional online survey was administered to 53 first-time mothers using SurveyMonkey®. Most participants had a single child between zero and 12 months old, lived in outer regional areas and were tertiary educated. Friends were a greater source of information than health professionals and mothers varied in their knowledge of early communication milestones. Mothers were aware of a range of strategies to help their child learn communication skills. Thematic analysis revealed first-time mothers had a high level of insight into the importance of early communication development for future learning and social/emotional wellbeing. The findings indicate a need for increased information provision to first-time mothers regarding early communication development.

Item ID: 26973
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1476-8275
Keywords: communication development, first-time, stimulation, maternal knowledge, information source
Date Deposited: 19 May 2013 23:31
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing @ 25%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics @ 25%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 50%
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