ERIC Number: ED340508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Mother-Toddler Coordinated Attention in Relation to Security of Attachment & Cognitive Skill.
Roggman, Lori A.; And Others
The purpose of this study was to explore the influence of the security of mother-infant attachment and of infants' cognitive development on mothers' and infants' ability to coordinate their attention to objects with the attention of another person. Fifty-eight 15- to 19-month-olds were videotaped for 10 minutes while they played with toys near their mothers. Infants were then assessed by the Bayley MDI. Mothers completed a Q-sort assessment of security. Observers coded subjects' direction of attention. Security of attachment was correlated only with embedded attention, that is, looks to toys embedded between looks to mother. Bayley MDI scores were correlated with simple joint attention, embedded attention to mother, infant-aware joint attention, and mother-initiated joint attention. Findings suggest a directional relationship between joint attention and cognitive development. It is suggested that the coordination of mother-infant attention is predicted by the infant's developing cognitive competence more strongly than by age or the quality of mother-infant attachment. Patterns of mother-infant interaction that include coordinated attention to objects may support the infant's exploration of objects. A table of related material is appended. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).