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Keywords:

  • child development;
  • family;
  • growth;
  • motor skills;
  • risk factors

Abstract

Background

Whereas considerable work has been published regarding biological factors associated with infant health, much less is known about the associations of environmental context with infant development – the focus of the present cross-sectional study.

Methods

Data were collected on 561 infants, aged newborn to 18 months. Measures included the Affordances in the Home Environment for Motor Development–Infant Scale, Alberta Infant Motor Scale, and selected bio/medical factors. Correlation and regression were used to analyze the data.

Results

Home environmental factors were associated with children's motor development as much as some typically high-risk biologic factors.

Conclusion

The home environment partially explained infant development outcomes and infants at risk could possibly be helped with a home assessment for affordances.