ERIC Number: ED084006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
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Variance and Invariance in the Mother-Infant Interaction: A Cross-Cultural Study.
Lewis, Michael; Ban, Peggy
This document reports on a cross-cultural study of mother-infant interactions. Focus is on the issue of variance and invariance in these interactions across cultures. American and Yugoslavia mother-infant pairs were observed over long periods of time in a naturalistic setting. Also, available data on Dutch, Zambian, and Sengalese mothers and infants were analyzed, so that five cultures were compared. Results indicated that there was considerable consistency in terms of the caregiving the infants received. This was discussed in relation to the invariances that exist across human cultures. Further discussion emphasized the danger of misinterpretation when behavior is studied out of context. To avoid this, it is necessary to be extremely familiar with the culture under question. (Author/DP)
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Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Location: United States; Yugoslavia