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The emergence of mother-infant co-regulation during the first year: links to infants' developmental status and attachment.
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PMID:  19200603     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined development and stability in emerging patterns of co-regulation in mother-infant dyads (n=101) over the later half of the first year of life. Links to infants' attachment and developmental status were also examined. Co-regulated patterns of interactions demonstrated significant developmental shifts over time, with mother-infant dyads becoming increasingly more symmetrical and less unilateral in their interaction. Additionally, differences in co-regulation patterns at 6 months predicted subsequent attachment status at 12 months of age. Specifically, securely attached infants engaged in higher levels of symmetrical co-regulation with mothers at 6 months of age while insecurely attached infants engaged in more unilateral patterns of interactions. Furthermore, symmetrical co-regulation at 6 months was positively linked to infants' mental development and psychomotor development at 9 months of age while asymmetrical and unilateral patterns of co-regulation at 6 months was negatively linked to infants' mental development. Findings suggest an important antecedent role of early patterns of dyadic co-regulation to later developmental status and attachment organization.
Cortney A Evans; Christin L Porter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-02-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Infant behavior & development     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1934-8800     ISO Abbreviation:  Infant Behav Dev     Publication Date:  2009 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-03-23     Completed Date:  2009-06-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806016     Medline TA:  Infant Behav Dev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  147-58     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Family Life, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological / physiology
Age Factors
Analysis of Variance
Child Development / physiology*
Internal-External Control*
Mother-Child Relations*
Neuropsychological Tests
Object Attachment*
Personality Development*
Sex Factors
Statistics as Topic
Young Adult

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