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Separation anxiety in first-time mothers: infant behavioral reactivity and maternal parenting self-efficacy as contributors.
Infant Behav Dev. 2008 Apr; 31(2):294-301.IB

Abstract

This short-term longitudinal study examined the contribution of infant behavioral reactivity and maternal parenting self-efficacy to first-time mothers' (total n=32) separation anxiety. Infants' behavioral reactivity indexed by gaze and facial affect were observed in the conditions of routine play and maternal still face at 3 months. Mothers reported their self-perceived parenting efficacy at 3 months and separation anxiety at 6 months. Results revealed that infants' frequent gazing at their mother, greater negative affect, and less positive affect observed during the still face, but not during the routine play, contributed to heightened maternal separation anxiety. In addition to a direct link between low maternal parenting self-efficacy and high maternal separation anxiety, maternal parenting self-efficacy buffered against the impact of infant negative reactivity on maternal separation anxiety. The role of infant reactivity and maternal self-efficacy in parenting was discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Child and Family Development, The University of Georgia, McPhaul Center, Athens, GA 30602-2632, USA. hchin@fcs.uga.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18037167

Citation

Hsu, Hui-Chin, and Jihyun Sung. "Separation Anxiety in First-time Mothers: Infant Behavioral Reactivity and Maternal Parenting Self-efficacy as Contributors." Infant Behavior & Development, vol. 31, no. 2, 2008, pp. 294-301.
Hsu HC, Sung J. Separation anxiety in first-time mothers: infant behavioral reactivity and maternal parenting self-efficacy as contributors. Infant Behav Dev. 2008;31(2):294-301.
Hsu, H. C., & Sung, J. (2008). Separation anxiety in first-time mothers: infant behavioral reactivity and maternal parenting self-efficacy as contributors. Infant Behavior & Development, 31(2), 294-301.
Hsu HC, Sung J. Separation Anxiety in First-time Mothers: Infant Behavioral Reactivity and Maternal Parenting Self-efficacy as Contributors. Infant Behav Dev. 2008;31(2):294-301. PubMed PMID: 18037167.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Separation anxiety in first-time mothers: infant behavioral reactivity and maternal parenting self-efficacy as contributors. AU - Hsu,Hui-Chin, AU - Sung,Jihyun, Y1 - 2007/11/26/ PY - 2007/01/02/received PY - 2007/06/25/revised PY - 2007/10/12/accepted PY - 2007/11/27/pubmed PY - 2008/6/11/medline PY - 2007/11/27/entrez SP - 294 EP - 301 JF - Infant behavior & development JO - Infant Behav Dev VL - 31 IS - 2 N2 - This short-term longitudinal study examined the contribution of infant behavioral reactivity and maternal parenting self-efficacy to first-time mothers' (total n=32) separation anxiety. Infants' behavioral reactivity indexed by gaze and facial affect were observed in the conditions of routine play and maternal still face at 3 months. Mothers reported their self-perceived parenting efficacy at 3 months and separation anxiety at 6 months. Results revealed that infants' frequent gazing at their mother, greater negative affect, and less positive affect observed during the still face, but not during the routine play, contributed to heightened maternal separation anxiety. In addition to a direct link between low maternal parenting self-efficacy and high maternal separation anxiety, maternal parenting self-efficacy buffered against the impact of infant negative reactivity on maternal separation anxiety. The role of infant reactivity and maternal self-efficacy in parenting was discussed. SN - 1934-8800 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18037167/Separation_anxiety_in_first_time_mothers:_infant_behavioral_reactivity_and_maternal_parenting_self_efficacy_as_contributors_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0163-6383(07)00119-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -