Mother-Infant Behaviors at 6 and 9 Months: A Microanalytic View

Lynne Sanford Koester, Meg Ann Traci, Lisa R. Brooks, Andrea M. Karkowski, Sybil Smith-Gray

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This chapter examines the face-to-face interactions of mothers and infants. It reports results from a large number of analyses completed for 6- and 9-month-old infants during face-to-face interactions with their mothers. Interactive behaviors of both members of the dyads are described, including tactile, visual, and auditory modalities or sensory channels. It shows that during face-to-face interaction, deaf mothers incorporate more varied forms of stimulation and in different modalities than do hearing mothers, particularly when interacting with a 6-month-old infant. These activities include smiling, highly animated facial expressions, visual-gestural games and sign communication, and frequent, energetic tactile stimulation. However, this pattern changed somewhat at 9 months, at which point both groups of hearing mothers increased smiling, and group differences in frequency of behaviors decreased.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe World of Deaf Infants
Subtitle of host publicationA Longitudinal Study
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199893775
ISBN (Print)9780195147902
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010


  • Deaf mothers
  • Face-to-face interactions
  • Infants
  • Mothers
  • Parent-infant interactions


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