ERIC Number: ED335145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of the Social Context on Infants' Reactions to New People.
This study examined infants' reactions to new people by manipulating the social context in which infants became acquainted with new people. Infants (N=48) met someone new in the presence of another unfamiliar adult and their mothers. The new acquaintance either: (1) chatted and worked on a puzzle with the mother; (2) remained silent and worked on a puzzle with the unfamiliar adult; or (3) remained silent and worked on the puzzle alone. Mothers then left the infants alone with the new acquaintance. Infants who saw their mothers socialize with the new person interacted with that person more than did infants whose mothers did not socialize with the person. Infants in the social conditions appeared more comfortable than did infants in the silent condition. Infants in the silent condition remained closer to their mothers, played less with toys, and fussed more after their mothers left than did infants in the social conditions. A list of 14 references is included. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Social Referencing
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).