Reciprocal Social Behavior During Early Childhood

Do you have a child who is between the ages of 16 months and 30 months?

These questionnaires are designed to characterize your child’s reciprocal social behavior, behavioral routines, and language development.

The purpose of this study is to characterize the range of individual differences in complex social behavior during toddlerhood (16-30 months of age). Parents will be asked to complete 4 questionnaires (total time=45 minutes)

  1. Demographic information
  2. Video-referenced rating scale for Reciprocal Social Behavior
  3. Repetitive Behavior Scales—Early Childhood Supplement
  4. Macarthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories

Some families may be asked to visit the University of Minnesota to participate in a follow-up behavioral assessment that includes an eye tracking assessment, a standardized behavioral assessment of developmental level, and an experimental social interaction with a trained research assistant.

A $10 gift card will be mailed to all families who complete the parent-report questionnaires online. These families will also be entered into a random drawing for 1 of 12 $50 gift cards after the direct behavioral assessment.

The study is designed to survey a large and diverse sample of 16- to 30-month-olds in order to quantify the distribution of parent-reported reciprocal social behavior, and to characterize how direct assessments of social perception and social engagement contribute to more complex reciprocal social behavior.

The methods employed in our direct behavioral assessment during the follow-up phase of the study allow for more precise quantification of social perception and social engagement and will afford us the opportunity to characterize the pattern of associations between parent-report of social behavior and direct assessment of social perception and social engagement. Understanding normal patterns of behavioral development during this time period will help researchers learn more about the causes of behavioral challenges that emerge in childhood.