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Parent-infant interaction: a growth model approach

Malmberg, L.E. and Stein, A. and West, A.F. and Lewis, S.N. and Barnes, Jacqueline and Leach, Penelope and Sylva, K. (2007) Parent-infant interaction: a growth model approach. Infant Behavior and Development 30 (4), 615 - 630. ISSN 0163-6383.

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The aim of this study is to compare the interaction of fathers and mothers with their 10–12 months old infants (n = 97; parental sensitivity and mood, and infant mood) during five structured contiguous play segments, and to examine the utility of individual growth modeling. Conventional comparison of means across play-segments showed that parents were equally responsive, but mothers were happier than fathers, and infants were equally happy during interaction with both parents. Sensitivity and mood were more strongly related for mothers than for fathers. Uni- and multivariate growth models revealed fine-grained patterns not seen in conventional analysis: (a) parental and infant mood decreased across play more for mothers than for fathers, (b) parental sensitivity in one play-segment predicted parental mood and infant mood in the next segment, (c) change in infants’ mood was related to change in sensitivity in mothers, and to change in mood in fathers, and (d) mothers’ sensitive interaction with the infant was predicted by family socio-demographic background.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Sensitivity, mood, parent–infant interaction, multilevel model
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Social Policy and Education (Old)
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2011 09:29
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 11:59

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