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Infant and parent factors associated with early maternal sensitivity: a caregiver-attachment systems approach.
Infant Behav Dev. 2007 Feb; 30(1):114-26.IB

Abstract

We examined variations in maternal sensitivity at 6 months of child age as a function of child negativity and maternal physiology. We expected maternal vagal withdrawal in response to infant negative affect to facilitate the maintenance of sensitivity, but only for mothers of securely attached children. One hundred and forty-eight infant-mother dyads were observed in multiple contexts at 6 months of child age, and associations among maternal and child variables were examined with respect to 12-month attachment quality. Mothers of later securely attached children were more sensitive than mothers of avoidant children. However, sensitivity decreased for all mothers at high levels of infant negative affect. Furthermore, for mothers of avoidant children, vagal withdrawal was associated with sensitivity to child distress. No association was found between vagal withdrawal and sensitivity for mothers of securely attached children. This suggests that mothers of avoidant children may be uniquely challenged by the affective demands of their infants.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Center for Developmental Science, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8115, United States. rmk@email.unc.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17292784

Citation

Mills-Koonce, W Roger, et al. "Infant and Parent Factors Associated With Early Maternal Sensitivity: a Caregiver-attachment Systems Approach." Infant Behavior & Development, vol. 30, no. 1, 2007, pp. 114-26.
Mills-Koonce WR, Gariépy JL, Propper C, et al. Infant and parent factors associated with early maternal sensitivity: a caregiver-attachment systems approach. Infant Behav Dev. 2007;30(1):114-26.
Mills-Koonce, W. R., Gariépy, J. L., Propper, C., Sutton, K., Calkins, S., Moore, G., & Cox, M. (2007). Infant and parent factors associated with early maternal sensitivity: a caregiver-attachment systems approach. Infant Behavior & Development, 30(1), 114-26.
Mills-Koonce WR, et al. Infant and Parent Factors Associated With Early Maternal Sensitivity: a Caregiver-attachment Systems Approach. Infant Behav Dev. 2007;30(1):114-26. PubMed PMID: 17292784.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Infant and parent factors associated with early maternal sensitivity: a caregiver-attachment systems approach. AU - Mills-Koonce,W Roger, AU - Gariépy,Jean-Louis, AU - Propper,Cathi, AU - Sutton,Kelly, AU - Calkins,Susan, AU - Moore,Ginger, AU - Cox,Martha, Y1 - 2007/01/23/ PY - 2007/2/13/pubmed PY - 2007/2/23/medline PY - 2007/2/13/entrez SP - 114 EP - 26 JF - Infant behavior & development JO - Infant Behav Dev VL - 30 IS - 1 N2 - We examined variations in maternal sensitivity at 6 months of child age as a function of child negativity and maternal physiology. We expected maternal vagal withdrawal in response to infant negative affect to facilitate the maintenance of sensitivity, but only for mothers of securely attached children. One hundred and forty-eight infant-mother dyads were observed in multiple contexts at 6 months of child age, and associations among maternal and child variables were examined with respect to 12-month attachment quality. Mothers of later securely attached children were more sensitive than mothers of avoidant children. However, sensitivity decreased for all mothers at high levels of infant negative affect. Furthermore, for mothers of avoidant children, vagal withdrawal was associated with sensitivity to child distress. No association was found between vagal withdrawal and sensitivity for mothers of securely attached children. This suggests that mothers of avoidant children may be uniquely challenged by the affective demands of their infants. SN - 1934-8800 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17292784/Infant_and_parent_factors_associated_with_early_maternal_sensitivity:_a_caregiver_attachment_systems_approach_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0163-6383(06)00096-8 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -