ERIC Number: ED180140
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Disruption and Asynchrony in Early Parent-Infant Interactions.
Thoman, Evelyn B.
The paper discusses the assessment of infant adaptive behavior and its relationship to the adaptive behavior of the mother, focusing on the discovery of disruption and asynchrony in early mother-infant interaction. The development of the earliest patterns of interaction between mother and infant is discussed, along with the relationship between developmental dysfunction and mother-infant interaction. A communication model for the early interaction between infant and mother is presented, emphasizing the importance of nonverbal communication and the rhythmic patterning of cues as a means by which each partner comes to have expectations for the behaviors of the other member of the dyad. Some major strategies for the longitudinal study of mother-infant interaction are described, and a procedure for recording mother-child communication codes is presented. The kinds of behaviors that are recorded between mother and infant are outlined, with an emphasis on the context in which the behavior is observed. A study of 20 individual mother-infant relationships is described, with the analyses of 30 complex interactional variables for the 20 normal Ss providing a frame of reference with which data from one individual mother-infant pair is compared. (DLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Grant Foundation, New York, NY.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs.