Mothers' Work Status and 17-month-olds' Productive Vocabulary.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Literature examining the effects of mothers' work status on infant language development is mixed, with little focus on varying work-schedules and early vocabulary. We use naturalistic data to analyze the productive vocabulary of 44 17-month-olds in relation to mothers' work status (Full-time, Part-time, Stay-at-home) at 6 and 18 months. Infants who experienced a combination of care from mothers and other caretakers had larger productive vocabularies than infants in solely full-time maternal or solely other-caretaker care. Our results draw from naturalistic data to suggest that this care combination may be particularly beneficial for early lexical development.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Laing, CE; Bergelson, E

Published Date

  • January 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 101 - 109

PubMed ID

  • 30962769

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6450089

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-7078

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1525-0008

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/infa.12265


  • eng