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Infants' interactions with professional caregivers at 3 and 6 months of age: a longitudinal study.
Infant Behav Dev. 2007 Dec; 30(4):631-40.IB

Abstract

This study longitudinally investigated the quality and stability of 64 infants' interactions with their professional caregivers in child care centers at 3 and 6 months of age, i.e., across the first 3 months after they entered child care. It was also examined whether the infants' negative emotionality (as rated by the mother) predicted the quality of the caregiver-infant interaction. The interactive behavior of the professional caregivers (sensitivity, cooperation) and the infants (responsiveness, involvement) was rated from videotapes recorded in three different caregiving situations, lasting about 25 min in total. In contrast to our expectation, the quality of the caregiver-infant interaction did not significantly increase across the first 3 months in child care. As expected, significant rank order stability was found for the quality of the caregivers' behavior over time. Also in accordance with our expectations, infants with higher negative emotionality scores experienced less sensitivity and cooperation in interactions with their primary professional caregivers at both ages.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Developmental Psychology, Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, P.O. Box 9140, 6500 HE Nijmegen, The Netherlands. e.albers@psych.ru.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17420055

Citation

Albers, Esther M., et al. "Infants' Interactions With Professional Caregivers at 3 and 6 Months of Age: a Longitudinal Study." Infant Behavior & Development, vol. 30, no. 4, 2007, pp. 631-40.
Albers EM, Riksen-Walraven JM, de Weerth C. Infants' interactions with professional caregivers at 3 and 6 months of age: a longitudinal study. Infant Behav Dev. 2007;30(4):631-40.
Albers, E. M., Riksen-Walraven, J. M., & de Weerth, C. (2007). Infants' interactions with professional caregivers at 3 and 6 months of age: a longitudinal study. Infant Behavior & Development, 30(4), 631-40.
Albers EM, Riksen-Walraven JM, de Weerth C. Infants' Interactions With Professional Caregivers at 3 and 6 Months of Age: a Longitudinal Study. Infant Behav Dev. 2007;30(4):631-40. PubMed PMID: 17420055.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Infants' interactions with professional caregivers at 3 and 6 months of age: a longitudinal study. AU - Albers,Esther M, AU - Riksen-Walraven,J Marianne, AU - de Weerth,Carolina, Y1 - 2007/04/08/ PY - 2006/06/26/received PY - 2006/12/22/revised PY - 2007/03/02/accepted PY - 2007/4/11/pubmed PY - 2007/12/6/medline PY - 2007/4/11/entrez SP - 631 EP - 40 JF - Infant behavior & development JO - Infant Behav Dev VL - 30 IS - 4 N2 - This study longitudinally investigated the quality and stability of 64 infants' interactions with their professional caregivers in child care centers at 3 and 6 months of age, i.e., across the first 3 months after they entered child care. It was also examined whether the infants' negative emotionality (as rated by the mother) predicted the quality of the caregiver-infant interaction. The interactive behavior of the professional caregivers (sensitivity, cooperation) and the infants (responsiveness, involvement) was rated from videotapes recorded in three different caregiving situations, lasting about 25 min in total. In contrast to our expectation, the quality of the caregiver-infant interaction did not significantly increase across the first 3 months in child care. As expected, significant rank order stability was found for the quality of the caregivers' behavior over time. Also in accordance with our expectations, infants with higher negative emotionality scores experienced less sensitivity and cooperation in interactions with their primary professional caregivers at both ages. SN - 1934-8800 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17420055/Infants'_interactions_with_professional_caregivers_at_3_and_6_months_of_age:_a_longitudinal_study_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0163-6383(07)00038-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -