Title: Parent-child interaction: a micro-level approach in children with a significant cognitive and motor developmental delay
Authors: Van keer, Ines
Van Leeuwen, Karla
Ceulemans, Eva
Vlaskamp, Carla
Maes, Bea
Issue Date: 29-Aug-2017
Conference: Roundtable Meeting SIRG-PIMD edition:8 location:Fribourg, Zwitserland date:29-30 August 2017
Abstract: Introduction
We know from previous studies that parents of children with a significant cognitive and motor developmental delay are generally responsive towards their child, children show low levels of interactive engagement and these variables are correlated. However, these results are either based on qualitative interviews or on a molar observational approach in which global ratings are applied to an entire observation. A molar approach allows for the incorporation of a wide range of content cues to evaluate the meaning and appropriateness of parental behavior but fails to assess the frequency of and linkages between specific behaviors as well as the direction of these behavioral linkages.

We aim to assess the association and temporal dependency between infant behavior and parental responses in 25 parent-child dyads (including a child with a significant cognitive and motor developmental delay, between 6 and 59 months old), using a molecular approach (micro-level coding).

A 10-minute video-taped interaction was coded using a self-developed coding scheme for the interactive behaviors of both parents and children. Parental response contingency and congruence was registered afterwards through a recoding procedure.

Results & Discussion/Conclusion
Detailed knowledge of these interactional features can be very helpful in the creation of interaction interventions within this specific target group, not only because of the focus on concrete observable (and modifiable) behavior, but also due to the focus on important developmental child behaviors which are considered highly desirable elements of dyadic interaction by parents. Coding is ongoing at the moment and data-analysis is planned starting June 2017. Reflections on the coding process and preliminary results will be presented.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences
Parenting and Special Education

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