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|Type of Document
||Boyd, Christopher M.
||The behavioral effects of nonnutritive sucking on infants of differential fetal growth
||Master of Science
|Zeskind, Philip Sanford
|Finney, Jack W.
|Franchina, Joseph J.
|Jones, Russell T.
|Date of Defense
Newborn infants with differential patterns of fetal
growth, as determined by their weight—for-length, typically
display behaviors which have been conceptualized as
reflecting the integrity of the infant’s behavioral
organization. The newborn infant’s sucking is one behavior
that has been hypothesized to both reflect the effects of
previous experiences on behavioral organization and affect
the infant’s future behavioral development. In particular,
the infant’s pattern of sucking activity may not only
reflect the integrity of the infant’s nervous system, it may
also alter the temporal organization of the infant’s
behavioral state and motor activity by increasing behavioral
quiescence. The purpose of this study was to compare the
sucking activity of underweight-for-length (N = 30) and
average—weight—for—length (N = 30) infants and its effects
on behavioral state and motor activity. Fifteen low-PI and
15 average—PI infants were randomly assigned to each of two experimental conditions.
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