Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 168–177 | Cite as

A pilot study in stimulation of culturally deprived infants

  • Gerald A. Specter
  • Emory L. Cowen
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Abstract

Six inner-city infants ages 10 to 24 months, identified through routine well-baby pediatric examination as slow in social and verbal development in the absence of neurological or physiological deficit, were seen three times weekly for several hours by college student volunteers enrolled in a seminar-practicum in community mental health. The program featured a committed human relation between students and infants, enrichment, stimulation, verbal modeling, and reinforcement of prosocial behavior. Clinical observations and test data support the view that the development of these youngsters accelerated rapidly during the program period. Limitations of the project and needed directions for future work are considered.

Keywords

Mental Health Pilot Study College Student Test Data Social Psychology 

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© Behavioral Publications, Inc. 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald A. Specter
    • 1
  • Emory L. Cowen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MarylandCollege Park
  2. 2.University of RochesterRochester

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