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ESCARCE, Andrezza Gonzalez et al. Maternal education and development of language in 2-month to 2-year old children. Rev. CEFAC [online]. 2012, vol.14, n.6, pp.1139-1145. Epub Dec 22, 2011. ISSN 1982-0216. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-18462011005000144.
PURPOSE: to investigate the influence of maternal educational level in the language development of 2 month to 2-year old children. METHOD: it is a cross-sectional study performed in a Basic Health Unit (BHU) located in the District of Venda Nova in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. The sample consisted of 351 children from both genders, between and 24 months old. The research was conducted applying the Communicative Profile Protocol. RESULTS: most of the children had development that was appropriate for their age and the majority of mothers in this sample (54.1%) had between 9 and 12 years of study. CONCLUSION: this study showed no statistically significant differences with regard to maternal education and language development of children between 2 and 24 months old, members of a BHU, located at the District of Venda Nova in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. However, it is worth emphasizing the homogeneity of the sample, where the majority of these mothers had between 9 and 12 years of study, or even complete high school or not, which makes up the differential factor.
Keywords : Mothers; Language; Educational Status.