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Maternal sensitivity: vocalization during infant feedings.
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PMID:  7400984     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The relationship between sensitive maternal behavior and mother-infant vocalization during feedings was examined in an effort to determine this situational meaning of Ainsworth's concept of sensitivity. Ss were 28 white, middle-class mothers and their infants. Excerpts of home feedings videotaped at 6 and 9 months were coded for frequency of contingent vocal interaction and quality of vocal affect. Sensitive mothers were distinguished from insensitive mothers at each age period by differing vocal patterns. At 6 months, infants of sensitive mothers vocalized significantly less than did infants of insensitive mothers. Mothers in both groups responded to their infants' vocalizations equally as often. At 9 months, infants in both groups vocalized the same amount, while sensitive mothers vocalized more often in response to their infants than did insensitive mothers. The only significant difference in vocal affect was found in the greater positive affect among sensitive mothers at 9 months.
J T Schlansker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of psychology     Volume:  105     ISSN:  0022-3980     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychol     Publication Date:  1980 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-10-24     Completed Date:  1980-10-24     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376332     Medline TA:  J Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  157-65     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Infant Care*
Maternal Behavior*
Mother-Child Relations
Verbal Behavior*

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