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Specificity of infants' response to mothers' affective behavior.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2925579     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Mother-infant face-to-face interaction is central to infant socioemotional development. Little has been known about the mechanisms that mediate the mother's influence. Findings are reviewed from a series of laboratory studies that suggest the major functional components of a mother's behavior are its affective quality and its contingent relationship to her baby's behavior. Quality of mother's affective expression accounted for individual differences in the behavior of thirteen 7-month-old infants living in multiproblem families. Infants' response was specific to the type of affective expression mothers displayed. Flat, withdrawn maternal affective expression was associated with infant distress. Intrusive maternal expression was associated with increased gaze aversion. Lack of contingent responsiveness was common to all but four mothers. Findings suggest that withdrawn or intrusive maternal affective expression, together with lack of contingent responsiveness, may in part be responsible for the risk-status of infants in multiproblem families.
J F Cohn; E Tronick
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0890-8567     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1989 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-05-05     Completed Date:  1989-05-05     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8704565     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  242-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Mental Disorders / psychology
Mother-Child Relations*
Mothers / psychology
Reinforcement (Psychology)
Risk Factors
Grant Support
35122//PHS HHS; RR07084-18/RR/NCRR NIH HHS

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