ERIC Number: ED056779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep-3
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Infant-Mother Relationship and Object Concept.
Serafica, Felicisima C.; Uzgiris, Ina C.
The aims of this study were: (1) to specify who the infant-mother relationship evolves, and (2) to demonstrate how the development of object concept affects the evolution of that relationship. Subjects were 19 male and 17 female Caucasian infants from 4 to 12 months of age. The development of an interpersonal relationship was assessed through the use of controlled interaction situations with an adult stranger and identical situations with infants' mothers. Situations included imitative play and speech, creating a stress situation, and leaving and entering the room. Results indicate that the infants did exhibit differential responsiveness towards their mothers versus a stranger. Findings also show that when the infant solidifies his notions of object permanence and becomes capable of inferring the mother's location from a series of visible displacements, maintaining proximity contact and/or interaction with the mother becomes less crucial. The acquisition of object permanence facilitates the ordering of experiences. Simultaneously, the infant's perception of regularities in the mother's appearance and behavior contributes to his imbuing her with the quality of permanence through time and space. It seems highly probable that it is this reciprocity or mutual influence which characterizes the relationship between development of the infant-mother relationship and object concept development. (Author/MK)
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Identifiers: Object Concept
Note: Paper presented at the 79th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C., September 3-7, 1971