Caretaker-infant interaction within the first year of life was studied in a group of 10 Wolof infants. Using observational techniques as well as standard testing procedures, several results emerge. The pattern of caretaker-infant interaction was more strongly related to age of infant than any other variable investigated. The often-found result that African infants show precocious development within the first year was confirmed for the Wolof. No relationship between the interaction measures and tests of cognitive and motor skills was found.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental and Educational Psychology