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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: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Children, Families and Social Issues, Institute for the Study of (Closed)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2011 09:29
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:55


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