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Parental sensitivity to infant distress: what do discrete negative emotions have to do with it?
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PMID:  22697468     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Parental sensitivity, a crucial element of attachment theory, refers to the ability to correctly interpret and respond appropriately to infants' signals. The question of whether infants' emotional expressions communicate discrete negative emotions has been widely debated in the literature on infant emotional development, but it has rarely been discussed in the parental sensitivity literature. This article explores how insights from the parental sensitivity literature and from evolutionary and dynamical systems perspectives on infant emotion expressions can be brought together to enhance our understanding of parental responsiveness to infant distress. The current research concludes that sensitivity does not rely on reading discrete negative emotions in infant signals, but rather on an integration of complex, graded distress expressions with contextual factors and iterative interaction processes.
Judi Mesman; Harriet Oster; Linda Camras
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Attachment & human development     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1469-2988     ISO Abbreviation:  Attach Hum Dev     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100901315     Medline TA:  Attach Hum Dev     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  337-48     Citation Subset:  IM    
a Centre for Child and Family Studies, Leiden University , The Netherlands.
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