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An exploratory study of the ways in which mothers keep their infants occupied

A. Botha, G. Cleaver
Curationis | Vol 15, No 1 | a351 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v15i1.351 | © 1992 A. Botha, G. Cleaver | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 September 1992 | Published: 26 September 1992

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A. Botha,, South Africa
G. Cleaver,, South Africa

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Abstract

The mother child relationship can help or hinder the social, emotional and intellectual development of the infant. Research has shown that the interaction between mother and child can affect the child’s cognitive development. Research has shown that mothers from the lower socio-economic groups do not stimulate their babies optimally and that this may affect the children negatively. In this study 86 underprivileged mothers from two different cultural backgrounds were asked to describe the ways in which they kept their infants occupied during the first year of their infants’ lives. The differences between the two groups are discussed and recommendations are made.

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