Title

The effects of maternal stress and social support on mothers' ability to report their infants' development

Date of Award

1990

Availability

Article

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department

Psychology

First Committee Member

Donald K. Routh, Committee Chair

Abstract

Maternal accuracy in reporting her infants' developmental level was assessed by comparing her prediction of her infant's performance on the Bayley Scales of Infant Development (BSID) with the infant's actual score on a standard administration of the BSID. The results showed that maternal stress and social support did predict maternal accuracy. Mothers who experienced higher levels of social support and higher levels of stress were more accurate reporters as compared to the examiner's score on the BSID. The finding that higher levels of maternal stress were related to increased maternal accuracy was surprising and several possible explanations are given.

Keywords

Psychology, Developmental

Link to Full Text

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