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First suckling: a crucial event for mother-young attachment? an experimental study in horses (Equus caballus).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17324081     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study investigates the consequences of interference during first suckling for subsequent mare-young attachment in horses (Equus caballus). Foals brought to their dams' teats appeared, at later ages (1-3 months), to remain closer to their dams and to play less than control foals that had been allowed to suckle spontaneously. Higher levels of play and distance initiatives from the mother are considered criteria for secure attachment in horses, humans, and other species. As this unique handling was the only event that distinguished experimental from control groups, the authors concluded that first suckling is a crucial event in the development of secure dam-young attachment. These results could have important implications for all mammal species, including humans.
Martine Hausberger; Séverine Henry; Claire Larose; Marie-Annick Richard-Yris
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of comparative psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983)     Volume:  121     ISSN:  0735-7036     ISO Abbreviation:  J Comp Psychol     Publication Date:  2007 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-02-27     Completed Date:  2007-05-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309850     Medline TA:  J Comp Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  109-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
UMR CNRS 6552 Ethologie, Evolution, Ecologie, Universite de Rennes 1, Rennes, France.
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MeSH Terms
Animals, Newborn
Exploratory Behavior
Horses / psychology*
Maternal Behavior / psychology*
Object Attachment*
Play and Playthings
Social Environment
Sucking Behavior*

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