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Maternal sensory sensitivity and response bias in detecting change in infant facial expressions: maternal self-efficacy and infant gender labeling.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17683753     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined the role of maternal cognitive sets regarding infant gender on maternal response; participants were 69 mothers, each with a 6-month-old infant. Signal detection methodology was used to assess maternal sensory sensitivity and response bias to subtle changes in positive and negative infant facial expressions as a function of maternal self-efficacy, operationalized by low, moderate, and high illusory control, and maternal perceptions of infant gender, experimental manipulated through labeling. For the positive expression, mothers who received the female manipulation exhibited greater sensory sensitivity and responded with a less conservative response bias compared with mothers who received the male manipulation. For the negative expression, only mothers with high illusory control were differentially sensitive to the manipulation; those who received the male manipulation exhibited less sensory sensitivity than those who received the female manipulation. Results are discussed in the context of the gendered socialization of emotion.
Wilberta Donovan; Nicole Taylor; Lewis Leavitt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-01-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infant behavior & development     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1934-8800     ISO Abbreviation:  Infant Behav Dev     Publication Date:  2007 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-08     Completed Date:  2007-09-05     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806016     Medline TA:  Infant Behav Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  436-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53705, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Bias (Epidemiology)
Conditioning, Classical
Depression / physiopathology
Facial Expression*
Infant Behavior / psychology
Maternal Behavior / psychology*
Mother-Child Relations*
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Self Efficacy*
Sensory Thresholds*
Sex Characteristics
Signal Detection, Psychological*
Temperament / physiology

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