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ERIC Number: ED231526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Neonatal Cuddliness and Maternal Handling Patterns in the First Month of Life.
Will, Jerrie Ann
The effects of "cuddliness" on proximal and distal maternal stimulation and on maternal attachment were examined in 32 healthy mother/infant pairs. All mothers were black, inner-city, of low socioeconomic status, primaparous, bottle-feeding, and between 16 and 24 years of age. All also had adequate prenatal care, no complications, and low levels of medication during labor and delivery. Brazelton testing, mother/infant observations, and a maternal attachment interview provided longitudinal information about 32 urban black infants of low socioeconomic status. Infants, tested at 3 days and at l month of age, were grouped as being either "low-cuddly" or "high-cuddly." Low-cuddly infants received more overall handling, although the patterns suggested qualitative differences in vigorous and gentle tactile stimulation as a function of cuddliness. Distal stimulation was unaffected by cuddliness alone, but the interaction of cuddliness and sex influenced both proximal and distal maternal stimulation. Maternal attachment was not related to infant cuddliness. Results are discussed in terms of sociocultural influences and mother/infant synchrony. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers: Social Interaction; Tactile Stimulation