The Developmental Benefits of Parent-Child Interaction: Perspectives of Filipino Mothers of Children With and Without Disabilities

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Abstract

In this article, the authors explored mothers' descriptions of the benefits of interacting with their infants and toddlers with and without diagnosed disabilities. Interview data from 40 Filipino mothers, 20 mothers of children with a diagnosed disability, and 20 mothers of typically developing children were analyzed. Using qualitative methods, the authors identified several themes of child benefits that emerged from the data: (1) develop child's competence, (2) develop child's confidence, (3) strengthen child's bonds with his or her mother and other caregivers, (4) promote the development and expression of child's unique personality, and (5) support child's moral and spiritual growth. These themes are described and illustrated for children with and without disabilities, and similarities and differences are noted. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-98
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Research in Childhood Education
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016

Keywords

  • Children with disabilities
  • cross-cultural studies
  • parent-child-caregiver relationships
  • parents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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