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Maternal sensitivity throughout infancy: continuity and relation to attachment security.
Infant Behav Dev. 2010 Feb; 33(1):50-60.IB

Abstract

Relations among different measures of maternal sensitivity were assessed longitudinally by examining maternal behavior when infants were 4 months, 15 months, and 2.5 years. At each time period, two measures of maternal sensitivity were scored (4 months: maternal vocal and smiling contingency in face-to-face interactions; 15 months: maternal scaffolding and following of infants' play within joint attention; 2.5 years: maternal facilitative and collaborative play within joint attention). When infants were 2.5 years, attachment security was assessed. Mothers' scores on each maternal sensitivity measure within each time period were correlated with their maternal sensitivity scores in another time period, suggesting individual measures of maternal sensitivity were tapping similar aspects across the time periods. Maternal vocal contingency at 4 months was the strongest predictor of infants' attachment security over 2 years later.

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Department of Psychology, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia B2G 2W5, Canada. abigelow@stfx.caNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20004022

Citation

Bigelow, Ann E., et al. "Maternal Sensitivity Throughout Infancy: Continuity and Relation to Attachment Security." Infant Behavior & Development, vol. 33, no. 1, 2010, pp. 50-60.
Bigelow AE, MacLean K, Proctor J, et al. Maternal sensitivity throughout infancy: continuity and relation to attachment security. Infant Behav Dev. 2010;33(1):50-60.
Bigelow, A. E., MacLean, K., Proctor, J., Myatt, T., Gillis, R., & Power, M. (2010). Maternal sensitivity throughout infancy: continuity and relation to attachment security. Infant Behavior & Development, 33(1), 50-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2009.10.009
Bigelow AE, et al. Maternal Sensitivity Throughout Infancy: Continuity and Relation to Attachment Security. Infant Behav Dev. 2010;33(1):50-60. PubMed PMID: 20004022.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Maternal sensitivity throughout infancy: continuity and relation to attachment security. AU - Bigelow,Ann E, AU - MacLean,Kim, AU - Proctor,Jane, AU - Myatt,Tanya, AU - Gillis,Rita, AU - Power,Michelle, Y1 - 2009/12/08/ PY - 2008/10/30/received PY - 2009/06/18/revised PY - 2009/10/29/accepted PY - 2009/12/17/entrez PY - 2009/12/17/pubmed PY - 2010/4/30/medline SP - 50 EP - 60 JF - Infant behavior & development JO - Infant Behav Dev VL - 33 IS - 1 N2 - Relations among different measures of maternal sensitivity were assessed longitudinally by examining maternal behavior when infants were 4 months, 15 months, and 2.5 years. At each time period, two measures of maternal sensitivity were scored (4 months: maternal vocal and smiling contingency in face-to-face interactions; 15 months: maternal scaffolding and following of infants' play within joint attention; 2.5 years: maternal facilitative and collaborative play within joint attention). When infants were 2.5 years, attachment security was assessed. Mothers' scores on each maternal sensitivity measure within each time period were correlated with their maternal sensitivity scores in another time period, suggesting individual measures of maternal sensitivity were tapping similar aspects across the time periods. Maternal vocal contingency at 4 months was the strongest predictor of infants' attachment security over 2 years later. SN - 1934-8800 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20004022/Maternal_sensitivity_throughout_infancy:_continuity_and_relation_to_attachment_security_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0163-6383(09)00101-5 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -