ERIC Number: ED136926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Different Situations on Mother-Infant Gazing.
Peery, J. Craig
This study was designed to examine the nature of nonverbal social interaction between mothers and infants and to compare various situational effects. A total of ten 3-month-old twin infants (five male and five female) and their mothers were videotaped in their homes during free play, bottle feeding and spoon feeding situations. A repeated measures design was employed, accumulating 48 sessions of each activity. Analyses of correlation matrices between total gazing time, gazing frequency, and total session time indicated that play produced a stronger relationship among the variables than the task-oriented feeding activities, with mother total looking time correlated with infant avoidance. The data provide strong evidence that situation variables have a significant influence on social gazing during mother-infant interaction. (Author/JMB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Grant Foundation, New York, NY.; Utah State Univ., Logan.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (New Orleans, Louisiana, March 17-20, 1977)