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ERIC Number: ED104556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug-30
Pages: 11
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Interactional Influence of Infant Characteristics and Postpartum Maternal Self-Image.
Duchowny, Michael S.
This study focused on the identification of specific neonatal temperamental characteristics which may act as early modifiers of mother-infant interaction. Two hypotheses were investigated: (1) certain infant behaviors might be distinguished by the mothers and these characteristics might selectively contribute to the mother's self-image; and (2) an infant effect on maternal self-image might be measurable long before an infant effect on overt maternal caretaking behavior. Subjects were 15 mothers and their infants who were participating in an ongoing longitudinal study of parent-infant interaction. Brazelton examinations of the infants' behaviors were performed at 48-72 hours postpartum. Maternal self-image was assessed by a rating scale based on an interview at four weeks postpartum. Three aspects of mother's self-image were explored: self-image in a maternal role, self-image of her ability to function in adult relationships, and self-insight. Analysis of the data strongly suggest that alert neonates with a heightened capacity to respond to visual and auditory stimuli influence their mother's self-image favorably. The implications of maternal self-image for the later development of mother-infant interaction are discussed. (SDH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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