Developmental status and home environment among children born to immigrant women married to Taiwanese men


  • This study was funded by the Taiwan National Science Council (96-2628-B-010-039).


The aims of this cross-sectional study were to examine (a) the developmental status and home environments of children (6–24 months) of immigrant women married to Taiwanese men, and (b) the association of child developmental status with parental socio-demographics, maternal language abilities, and home environment qualities. Participants were 61 children and their mothers from China and Vietnam. Data were collected with interviews, home observations, and developmental testing. The children had lower cognitive and language but higher motor and social development scores compared with native norms. Home environment and maternal perceived language ability were positively associated with child development. The association of home environment and maternal language ability with early childhood development was supported for immigrant populations in Taiwan. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 35:121–131, 2012