A Transactional Model of Failure to Thrive: A Look at Misclassified Cases

  • Robert H. Bradley
  • Patrick M. Casey


In a previous study, we attempted to identify factors in the home environments of non-organic failure-to-thrive (NOFT) infants that distinguish them from similar infants living in poor socioeconomic circumstances (Casey, Bradley and Wortham, 1983). A case controlled design was employed. NOFT children were matched with normally growing control children on age, sex, race, family income, family size, maternal education, and marital status of mother. Findings from the study indicated that mothers of NOFT infants were less accepting (more punitive) towards their infants, less responsive to their infants, and less well organized in caregiving. On the other hand, NOFT infants were not living in less stimulating environments nor under generally more adverse or stressful circumstances.


Maternal Education Discriminant Score Transactional Model Affective Communication Maltreated Child 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert H. Bradley
    • 1
    • 2
  • Patrick M. Casey
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Child Development and EducationUniversity of ArkansasUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUniversity of ArkansasUSA

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