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Maternal sensitivity throughout infancy: continuity and relation to attachment security.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20004022     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Relations among different measures of maternal sensitivity were assessed longitudinally by examining maternal behavior when infants were 4 months, 15 months, and 2.5 years. At each time period, two measures of maternal sensitivity were scored (4 months: maternal vocal and smiling contingency in face-to-face interactions; 15 months: maternal scaffolding and following of infants' play within joint attention; 2.5 years: maternal facilitative and collaborative play within joint attention). When infants were 2.5 years, attachment security was assessed. Mothers' scores on each maternal sensitivity measure within each time period were correlated with their maternal sensitivity scores in another time period, suggesting individual measures of maternal sensitivity were tapping similar aspects across the time periods. Maternal vocal contingency at 4 months was the strongest predictor of infants' attachment security over 2 years later.
Ann E Bigelow; Kim MacLean; Jane Proctor; Tanya Myatt; Rita Gillis; Michelle Power
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-12-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infant behavior & development     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1934-8800     ISO Abbreviation:  Infant Behav Dev     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-09     Completed Date:  2010-04-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806016     Medline TA:  Infant Behav Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  50-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Psychology, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2W5, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Child Psychology
Child, Preschool
Infant Behavior
Interpersonal Relations
Longitudinal Studies
Maternal Behavior / psychology*
Mother-Child Relations*
Mothers / psychology*
Object Attachment*
Reference Values
Social Perception*
Trust / psychology

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