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Nighttime maternal responsiveness and infant attachment at one year.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19603300     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined associations between mother-infant nighttime interactions and mother-infant attachment when infants were 12 months old. Forty-four mother-infant pairs participated in this study. For three consecutive nights at home, babies were observed in their cribs using a digital video system. Mothers reported on their nighttime interactions with their babies using a self-report diary and completed a questionnaire regarding child temperament. Attachment was assessed in the Strange Situation (Ainsworth, Blehar, Waters, & Wall, 1978). Mothers of securely attached infants had nighttime interactions that were generally more consistent, sensitive and responsive than those of insecurely attached infants. Specifically, in secure dyads, mothers generally picked up and soothed infants when they fussed or cried after an awakening.
Elizabeth Higley; Mary Dozier
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Attachment & human development     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1469-2988     ISO Abbreviation:  Attach Hum Dev     Publication Date:  2009 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-15     Completed Date:  2009-10-26     Revised Date:  2014-09-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100901315     Medline TA:  Attach Hum Dev     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  347-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Mother-Child Relations*
Object Attachment*
Self Disclosure
Video Recording
Young Adult
Grant Support
52135//PHS HHS; 74374//PHS HHS; R01 MH052135/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01 MH052135-10/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01 MH074374/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01 MH074374-04/MH/NIMH NIH HHS

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