Cognitive home environment of infants, toddlers and preschoolers: A study from a hospital setting

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Sinem Kortay Canaloglu
Derya Gumus Dogan
Mehmet Akif Buyukavci
Feyzullah Necati Arslan

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Aim: The purpose of this study was to determine the Cognitive Home Environment (CHE) of young children who apply to the hospital for various reasons.
Material and Methods: In total 121 mothers participated. CHE was measured by The StimQ – (Infant, Toddler and Preschool) Home Environment Assessment Tools and sociodemographic characteristics of the families were noted.
Results: Averages of total StimQ scores were lowest in Infant Group (IG) with 13.7 points out of 43; 15.9 points out of 39 in Toddler Group (TG); 27.78 points out of 49 in Preschool Group (PG). There was a significant difference in the Total StimQ scores of mothers with high level of education in Toddler (p=.005) and Preschool (p=.000) groups. Looking at childrens' books increased with age. Only 15% of the mothers in the IG, 32.5% in the TG, and 90% in the PG were looking at children's books with their children.
Conclusion: The CHE of young children is not enough to serve for optimal development, especially the infants. High maternal education iseffects CHE positively. Applying STIMQ can be a good opportunity to explore CHE of children in hospital settings.

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Canaloglu, S. K., Dogan, D. G., Buyukavci, M. A., & Arslan, F. N. (2021). Cognitive home environment of infants, toddlers and preschoolers: A study from a hospital setting. Annals of Medical Research, 28(11), 1986–1991. Retrieved from https://annalsmedres.org/index.php/aomr/article/view/3964
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