Search Results

Author: Boger, Robert
Resulting in 2 citations.
1. Luster, Thomas
Boger, Robert
Hannan, Kristi
Infant Affect and Home Environment
Presented: Montreal, QC, Seventh International Conference on Infant Studies, 1990
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79
Publisher: Author
Keyword(s): Behavior; Child Development; Children; Children, Home Environment; Family Influences; General Assessment; Home Observation for Measurement of Environment (HOME); Maternal Employment; Pre-natal Care/Exposure; Pre/post Natal Health Care; Self-Esteem; Temperament

Permission to reprint the abstract has not been received from the publisher.

The present study is concerned with the relation between infant affect and quality of the home environment. Past research examining the relation between infant irritability and parenting behavior has produced inconsistent findings. The hypothesis that infant irritability is most likely to be negatively correlated with the quality of the home environment in families which would be considered to be "at-risk" based on characteristics of the mother (e.g., low self-esteem or low maternal intelligence) or contextual characteristics (e.g., living in poverty or having several other children to care for) was tested in this study. A second hypothesis tested in this study is that positive affect on the part of the infant is more strongly related to the quality of care the infant receives in high-risk environments than in low risk environments. In other words, a cheerful disposition may be a protective factor in high-risk environments. These hypotheses were tested with data from the Children of the NLSY. Little support was found for the first hypothesis. Infant irritability was negatively correlated with the quality of the home environment in both high-risk and low-risk families. Support was found for the second hypothesis among infants who were greater than 12 months of age.
Bibliography Citation
Luster, Thomas, Robert Boger and Kristi Hannan. "Infant Affect and Home Environment." Presented: Montreal, QC, Seventh International Conference on Infant Studies, 1990.
2. Luster, Thomas
Boger, Robert
Hannan, Kristi
Infant Affect and Home Environment
Journal of Marriage and Family 55,3 (August 1993): 651-661.
Also: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353346
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79
Publisher: National Council on Family Relations
Keyword(s): Age at First Birth; Educational Attainment; Family Environment; General Assessment; Home Environment; Home Observation for Measurement of Environment (HOME); Infants; Parent-Child Relationship/Closeness; Poverty; Pre-natal Care/Exposure; Pre/post Natal Health Care; Self-Esteem; Temperament

This paper concerns the relation between infant affect and quality of the home environment. We use data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to test the hypothesis that infant irritability is most likely to be negatively correlated with the quality of the home environment in families which would be considered to be "at risk" based on characteristics of the mother (e.g., low self-esteem or low maternal intelligence) or contextual characteristics (e.g., living in poverty or having several other children to care for). Our second hypothesis is that positive affect on the part of the infant is more strongly related to the quality of care the infant receives in high-risk environments than in low-risk environments. In other words, a cheerful disposition may be a protective factor in high-risk environments. Little support was found for the first hypothesis. Infant irritability was negatively correlated with the quality of the home environment in both high-risk and low-risk families. Support was found for the second hypothesis among infants who were greater than 12 months of age.
Bibliography Citation
Luster, Thomas, Robert Boger and Kristi Hannan. "Infant Affect and Home Environment." Journal of Marriage and Family 55,3 (August 1993): 651-661.