Maternal ratings of newborn activity: Assessing convergence between instruments

John Worobey, Diana Anderson‐Goetz

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When their newborns were 2 weeks of age, 53 mothers completed the activity items of the Rothbart questionnaire. Two weeks later, the same mothers were interviewed at home with regard to their newborns' activity level, using the Thomas, Chess and Birch guidelines and the Carey and McDevitt global rating. Prior to analysis, responses to the instruments were clustered into the contexts of feeding, sleeping, bathing, dressing, and daily activities. Though none of the questionnaire clusters correlated with the global rating, daily activities were convergent between the questionnaire and interview responses. In contrast, all five of the situational contexts for the interview were related positively to the global rating of activity. Results are discussed in light of the apparent contextual influence on maternal ratings of temperament at 1 month.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-75
Number of pages8
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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