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Mothers' insightfulness regarding their infants' internal experience: relations with maternal sensitivity and infant attachment.
Dev Psychol. 2002 Jul; 38(4):534-42.DP

Abstract

This study examined the associations among mothers' insightfulness into their infants' internal experience, mothers' sensitivity to their infants' signals, and infants' security of attachment to their mothers. The insightfulness of 129 mothers of 12-month-old infants was assessed by showing mothers 3 videotaped segments of observations of their infants and themselves and interviewing them regarding their infants' and their own thoughts and feelings. Interviews were classified into 1 insightful and 3 noninsightful categories. Mothers' sensitivity was assessed during play sessions at home and at the laboratory, and infant-mother attachment was assessed with the Strange Situation. Mothers classified as positively insightful were rated as more sensitive and were more likely to have securely attached children than were mothers not classified as positively insightful. Insightfulness also accounted for variance in attachment beyond the variance explained by maternal sensitivity. These findings add an important dimension to research on caregiving, suggesting that mothers' seeking of explanations for the motives underlying their infants' behavior is related to both maternal sensitivity and infant attachment.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Social Work, University of Haifa, Israel. nkoren@research.haifa.ac.ilNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12090483

Citation

Koren-Karie, Nina, et al. "Mothers' Insightfulness Regarding Their Infants' Internal Experience: Relations With Maternal Sensitivity and Infant Attachment." Developmental Psychology, vol. 38, no. 4, 2002, pp. 534-42.
Koren-Karie N, Oppenheim D, Dolev S, et al. Mothers' insightfulness regarding their infants' internal experience: relations with maternal sensitivity and infant attachment. Dev Psychol. 2002;38(4):534-42.
Koren-Karie, N., Oppenheim, D., Dolev, S., Sher, E., & Etzion-Carasso, A. (2002). Mothers' insightfulness regarding their infants' internal experience: relations with maternal sensitivity and infant attachment. Developmental Psychology, 38(4), 534-42.
Koren-Karie N, et al. Mothers' Insightfulness Regarding Their Infants' Internal Experience: Relations With Maternal Sensitivity and Infant Attachment. Dev Psychol. 2002;38(4):534-42. PubMed PMID: 12090483.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Mothers' insightfulness regarding their infants' internal experience: relations with maternal sensitivity and infant attachment. AU - Koren-Karie,Nina, AU - Oppenheim,David, AU - Dolev,Smadar, AU - Sher,Efrat, AU - Etzion-Carasso,Ayelet, PY - 2002/7/2/pubmed PY - 2003/1/16/medline PY - 2002/7/2/entrez SP - 534 EP - 42 JF - Developmental psychology JO - Dev Psychol VL - 38 IS - 4 N2 - This study examined the associations among mothers' insightfulness into their infants' internal experience, mothers' sensitivity to their infants' signals, and infants' security of attachment to their mothers. The insightfulness of 129 mothers of 12-month-old infants was assessed by showing mothers 3 videotaped segments of observations of their infants and themselves and interviewing them regarding their infants' and their own thoughts and feelings. Interviews were classified into 1 insightful and 3 noninsightful categories. Mothers' sensitivity was assessed during play sessions at home and at the laboratory, and infant-mother attachment was assessed with the Strange Situation. Mothers classified as positively insightful were rated as more sensitive and were more likely to have securely attached children than were mothers not classified as positively insightful. Insightfulness also accounted for variance in attachment beyond the variance explained by maternal sensitivity. These findings add an important dimension to research on caregiving, suggesting that mothers' seeking of explanations for the motives underlying their infants' behavior is related to both maternal sensitivity and infant attachment. SN - 0012-1649 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12090483/Mothers'_insightfulness_regarding_their_infants'_internal_experience:_relations_with_maternal_sensitivity_and_infant_attachment_ L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/dev/38/4/534 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -