Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Human Development and Family Studies

Department name when degree awarded

Family and Human Development

Committee Chair(s)

Ann M. Berghout Austin


Ann M. Berghout Austin


Shelley Knudsen Lindauer


Jay D. Schvaneveldt


This study was designed to assess the efficacy of an early intervention project focusing on early stimulating experiences through parent-child play interactions, and their impact on young migrant Latino children's mental, motor, social-emotional, and language development. An experimental group of 30 children from 26 families and a control group of 14 children from 14 families participated in this assessment. Dependent measures included the Bayley Scales of Infant Development and the Preschool Language Scale. Demographic data such as parent level of education, number of individuals living in the home, and family income were among the independent measures. Research hypotheses predicted the experimental group to score higher on posttest dependent measures as compared to the control group. Results did not support the research hypotheses. Although experimental group Mental Development Index (MDI) scores did increase in the predicted direction, this increase was not statistically significant. Further, two age groups within the control group also showed positive increases in MDI scores. Additionally, whenever significant differences were found on dependent measures, they were found in favor of the control group. The results may be interpreted in light of nonequivalent control groups as discussed in Chapter V.