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Mother-infant affect synchrony as an antecedent of the emergence of self-control.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9923477     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined relations between mother-infant affect synchrony and the emergence of children's self-control. Mother-infant face-to-face play and infant difficult temperament were examined at 3 and 9 months. Maternal and infant affective states at play were coded in 0.25-s frames, and synchrony was computed with cross-correlation functions. Self-control, verbal IQ, and maternal warm discipline were assessed at 2 years. Maternal synchrony with infant affect at 3 months (infant-leads-mother-follows relation) and mutual synchrony at 9 months (cross-dependence between maternal and infant affect) were each related to self-control at 2 years when temperament, IQ, and maternal style were partialed. Infant temperament moderated the relations of synchrony and self-control, and closer associations were found between mutual synchrony and self-control for difficult infants. Shorter lags to maternal synchrony at 3 months were independently related to self-control. The mutual regulation of affect in infancy, as moderated by temperament, is proposed as an important contributor to the emergence of self-regulation.
R Feldman; C W Greenbaum; N Yirmiya
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychology     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0012-1649     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychol     Publication Date:  1999 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-05-13     Completed Date:  1999-05-13     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260564     Medline TA:  Dev Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  223-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Chi-Square Distribution
Child Development*
Child Rearing
Child, Preschool
Emotions / physiology
Imitative Behavior
Infant Behavior*
Inhibition (Psychology)*
Maternal Behavior
Mother-Child Relations*
Prospective Studies
Regression Analysis
Social Behavior
Time Factors
Volition / physiology

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