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Making children laugh: parent-child dyadic synchrony and preschool attachment.
Infant Ment Health J 2014 Sep-Oct; 35(5):482-94IM

Abstract

The current study examined whether dyadic synchrony of father-child and mother-child interactions in a playful context were associated with attachment organization in preschool children. One hundred seven children (48 boys, Mage = 46.67 months, SD = 8.57) and their mothers and fathers (counterbalanced order of lab visits) participated in a playful interaction without toys (Laughing Task procedure). Playful interactions were coded based on the degree to which the dyads demonstrated a variety of behavior representing dyadic synchrony and task management. Children's attachment behavior toward fathers and mothers was observed in a modified separation-reunion procedure adapted for the preschool period. Results demonstrate that mothers and fathers are similar in their effort to arouse and engage their child in a playful context, but mothers achieved a greater synchrony with their child. Disorganized attachment to either mother or father is linked with a lack of synchrony in dyadic interaction. Findings are in contrast with prevailing theory, suggesting that despite gender-related differences in parental playful behaviors, dyadic synchrony is equally important in both mother- and father-child relationships for the development of organized social and affectional bonds.

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Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25798498

Citation

Bureau, Jean-FrançOis, et al. "Making Children Laugh: Parent-child Dyadic Synchrony and Preschool Attachment." Infant Mental Health Journal, vol. 35, no. 5, 2014, pp. 482-94.
Bureau JF, Yurkowski K, Schmiedel S, et al. Making children laugh: parent-child dyadic synchrony and preschool attachment. Infant Ment Health J. 2014;35(5):482-94.
Bureau, J. F., Yurkowski, K., Schmiedel, S., Martin, J., Moss, E., & Pallanca, D. (2014). Making children laugh: parent-child dyadic synchrony and preschool attachment. Infant Mental Health Journal, 35(5), pp. 482-94. doi:10.1002/imhj.21474.
Bureau JF, et al. Making Children Laugh: Parent-child Dyadic Synchrony and Preschool Attachment. Infant Ment Health J. 2014;35(5):482-94. PubMed PMID: 25798498.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Making children laugh: parent-child dyadic synchrony and preschool attachment. AU - Bureau,Jean-FrançOis, AU - Yurkowski,Kim, AU - Schmiedel,Sabrina, AU - Martin,Jodi, AU - Moss,Ellen, AU - Pallanca,Dominique, Y1 - 2014/08/25/ PY - 2015/3/24/entrez PY - 2015/3/24/pubmed PY - 2015/11/13/medline SP - 482 EP - 94 JF - Infant mental health journal JO - Infant Ment Health J VL - 35 IS - 5 N2 - The current study examined whether dyadic synchrony of father-child and mother-child interactions in a playful context were associated with attachment organization in preschool children. One hundred seven children (48 boys, Mage = 46.67 months, SD = 8.57) and their mothers and fathers (counterbalanced order of lab visits) participated in a playful interaction without toys (Laughing Task procedure). Playful interactions were coded based on the degree to which the dyads demonstrated a variety of behavior representing dyadic synchrony and task management. Children's attachment behavior toward fathers and mothers was observed in a modified separation-reunion procedure adapted for the preschool period. Results demonstrate that mothers and fathers are similar in their effort to arouse and engage their child in a playful context, but mothers achieved a greater synchrony with their child. Disorganized attachment to either mother or father is linked with a lack of synchrony in dyadic interaction. Findings are in contrast with prevailing theory, suggesting that despite gender-related differences in parental playful behaviors, dyadic synchrony is equally important in both mother- and father-child relationships for the development of organized social and affectional bonds. SN - 1097-0355 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25798498/Making_children_laugh:_parent_child_dyadic_synchrony_and_preschool_attachment_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21474 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -