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.
- Children with disabilities
- cross-cultural studies
- parent-child-caregiver relationships
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology