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ERIC Number: ED111500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 11
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Mother-Infant Attachment: The Importance of Mother's Distance and Visual Field.
Carr, Suzanne J.; And Others
This study investigated the effects of mother's distance and visual field on some attachment behaviors of children 21-36 months old. Subjects were 20 male and 20 female children, half of each sex being reared primarily at home and half primarily in day care. Each child was observed with his mother in an experimental setting for a total of 16 minutes in 4 conditions, with mother sitting far from (3-4 meters) or near to (1 meter) tethered toys and facing so that she could or could not see the toys. The child's physical position and behavior along several modalities were recorded at 2- second intervals. Findings suggest that 2-year-olds are aware of the mother's activities and that if contact with the mother is reduced children will initiate behaviors to reestablish that contact. Reduction in visual accessibility of the mother appears to be as important as reduction in proximity. These findings are related to others which stress the centrality of eye-contact in the attachment relationship. (Author/GO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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