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An investigation into the relationship between socio-economic status and joint attention in 2-4 year old children

Law, L; (2005) An investigation into the relationship between socio-economic status and joint attention in 2-4 year old children. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

The relationship between socio-economic status and joint attention was investigated in 34, 2 - 4 year old children. The children attended four north London nurseries and were a culturally diverse sample. Socio-economic status was defined by whether a child attended a private or a state nursery. Joint attention ability was assessed through a task providing opportunities for the joint attentional skills of gaze switch and monitoring an adult's gaze or point. It was found that there was not a significant difference between state and private nursery groups on any measure of joint attention. This result suggested that joint attention is a robust phenomenon, which is not overly affected by environmental influences. Joint attention skills were shown to develop with age and gender differences were discovered, with girls scoring higher than boys on some measures. However, the results showing gender differences must be treated with caution and are considered in the light of the methodological limitations of the study. Further research was suggested.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: An investigation into the relationship between socio-economic status and joint attention in 2-4 year old children
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1567736
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