ERIC Number: ED162203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr-22
Reference Count: 0
Mother-Infant Interaction: A New Approacb.
Martin, John A.
The interactions of 10-month-old infants and their mothers were observed using mathematical models of interaction which state that the child's behavior depends on recent characteristics of mother's behavior, and that the mother's behavior depends on recent characteristics of the child's. Therefore, changes in the intensity of the behavior of one cause changes in the intensity of behavior of the other. There were no differences between boys and girls in the extent to which they were influenced by their mothers, nor were there any differences between mothers of girls and mothers of boys in the extent to which they were influenced by their infants. In general, infants were significantly more often in control of the interactions. Boys were found to be significantly more insistent than girls. Boys who were insistent at l0 months had close physical relationships with their mothers at 22 months. Girls who were insistent had distant physical relationships with their mothers one year later. (BN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association (58th, San Francisco, California, April 19-22, l978)