The Use of a Piagetian Analysis of Infant Development to Predict Cognitive and Language Development at Two Years
The ability of a Piagetian based infant test, the Uzgiris-Hunt, to predict subsequent language and cognitive development and to detect infants at risk for developmental problems was assessed. The infants were administered the Uzgiris-Hunt scale at 4, 8, 12 and 18 months, and the Bayley Scales of Infant Development and the Reynell Developmental Language Scales at two years. The Uzgiris-Hunt scale and most of its subtests, were significantly correlated with cognitive and language development at two years. Object relations items and the understanding of means-end relationships were predictive of language development. The analysis of infant cognitive abilities within a Piagetian framework appears to be a promising method for assessing early development.
KeywordsLanguage Development Infant Development Object Permanence Infant Test Predict Cognitive
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