Infant Motor Development and Aspects of the Home Environment.

Abbott, Andrea L. MSc; Bartlett, Dorccn J. PhD; Fanning, Jamie E. Kncalc MCLSC; Kramer, John PhD
Pediatric Physical Therapy: Summer 2000

Forty-three mother-infant dyads participated in this study of the relationship between the home environment and infant motor development. When infants were five months old, each mother, using the maternal version of the Alberta Infant Motor Scale, predicted her infant's motor development at eight months as an indication of parental expectation. At eight months of age, aspects of the home environment measured using the HOME Inventory, and infant motor development measured using the Alberta Infant Motor Scale were assessed during a home visit. Although no statistically significant correlations were found, the mothers in the sample had high expectations of eight-month motor performance, and both the mothers and the infants scored higher than normative samples on aspects of the home environment and infant motor development. These findings suggest that more supportive and stimulating home environments are associated with higher infant motor development scores.

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