Dissemination of knowledge to mothers may help Nepalese children reach their developmental potential

Parental knowledge on child development is important for maximal developmental potential. In this study of Nepalese mothers, the researchers found low levels of general knowledge on children's development.

A Nepalese child is playing with wooden blocks.
A Nepalese child is playing with wooden blocks. Most of the mothers interviewed were unaware of simple cognitive stimulations that they can provide at home, such as talking to the child, showing colourful toys or shared reading. Illustration Photo: Ingrid Kvestad.

Total of 1272 mothers were interviewed by Nepalese researchers in collaboration with Norwegian researchers, among them Ingrid Kvestad and Mari Hysing from Uni Research.

The Caregivers Knowledge of Child Development Inventory (CKCDI) was used to interview mothers.

Out of the total CKCDI score of 40, mean score (SD) obtained by mothers was 20 (4.8).

Mothers’ knowledge on the developmental milestone was better than the knowledge on developmental stimulation with scores of 11.14 (3.09) and 8.9 (3.17), respectively (p < .005).

Few mothers (38%) identified the correct ages of developmental milestones.  Although most of the mothers knew about teaching their children to count or name colors, few knew when to start to read with children.

The first author conducts a test interview of one of the collaborators.
Merina Shrestha, the first author of the study conducts a test interview with one of the collaborators. Photo: Ingrid Kvestad.

With low level of knowledge on child development among Nepalese mothers, early childhood development programmes should be considered integrated with other health care programmes targeting young children and families, the researchers concludes.

The study is published in Early Child Development and Care.

March 30, 2017, 11:37 a.m.

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