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

Catherine E Laing, Elika Bergelson

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-109
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Early online date28 Sept 2018
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2018

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