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Abstract: The present study examined the language trajectories of a sample of children of adolescent mothers over the course of two years. At ~ 24 months old, children scored below average on a measure of language skills. At ~ 48 months, children scored within the average range, suggesting a trend towards positive language development. Early language scores significantly predicted later scores. ... read moreChildren scoring lowest at 24 months old were predicted to score 10 points lower than their high scoring counterparts at 48 months. Three moderators of language delay were investigated, yielding nonsignificant results: (1) maternal sensitivity, (2) participation in Early Intervention, and (3) participation in the Healthy Families Massachusetts home visiting program. Power to detect significant moderation effects was limited by sample size and child age range. Results of this study support early intervention and highlight the current trend in language intervention towards increasingly individualized and population-specific programs.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Study and Human Development.
Advisor: M. Ann Easterbrooks.
Committee: Jessica Dym Bartlett, and Calvin Gidney III.
Keywords: Psychology, Developmental psychology, and Behavioral sciences.read less