The field research for this study was generously supported by grants from the Agricultural Development Council, Inc., and a National Science Foundation Institutional grant to M.C.R. administered by Pennsylvania State University. We would like to thank the Makerere Institute of Social Research, Kampala, Uganda, and Dr. W. Law and Matron Lutu of Mulago Government Hospital in Masaka, Uganda, for their support. Appreciation is also extended to I. E. Harms, Professor of Child Development, Pennsylvania State University, for training J.E.K. in infant testing; P. Robbins for help in interrater reliability tests; and W. Kawuma and R. Kisule, our interpreter-research assistants. Professor Gavan of the Department of Anthropology of the University of Missouri kindly read an earlier manuscript draft and offered comments.
The Comparative Motor Development of Baganda, American White, and American Black Infants1
Article first published online: 28 OCT 2009
1970 American Anthropological Association
Volume 72, Issue 6, pages 1422–1428, December 1970
How to Cite
Kilbride, J. E., Robbins, M. C. and Kilbride, P. L. (1970), The Comparative Motor Development of Baganda, American White, and American Black Infants. American Anthropologist, 72: 1422–1428. doi: 10.1525/aa.1970.72.6.02a00160
- Issue published online: 28 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 28 OCT 2009
- Accepted for publication 18 December 1969.
- motor development
Baganda infants in Uganda were found to be significantly advanced in motor development during the first year of life when compared with Bayley's sample of American White and Black infants. Though they were not found to be as precocious as Geber's sample of Uganda infants, the same downward trend in degree of motor development during the second year of life was found. As age increased, developmental motor quotient (DMQ) decreased, but at 24 months of age the Baganda infants still obtained an average DMQ higher than either American sample. Several interpretations of these results are considered.