What is it about?

We found that the way mothers speak to their 5-month-old infants influences children's language later on. We also found that the genetic characteristics of 5-month-old infants influence the way their mother speaks to them.

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Why is it important?

Our findings highlight the importance of parents' language for later child development. They also indicate that infants can have an impact on their parents' behaviour.

Perspectives

This is a project that was initiated by my colleague for her doctoral thesis and which I took over as part of my postdoctoral studies.

Dr Catherine Mimeau
Université TÉLUQ

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This page is a summary of: The bidirectional association between maternal speech and child characteristics, Journal of Child Language, October 2019, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/s0305000919000539.
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