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ERIC Number: EJ1020813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
The Effects of Music and Movement on Mother-Infant Interactions
Vlismas, Wendy; Malloch, Stephen; Burnham, Denis
Early Child Development and Care, v183 n11 p1669-1688 2013
Two experiments investigated the effects of a music and movement (M&M) programme on healthy first-time mothers and their 2-6-month-old infants over a five-week period. Experiment 1 (N?=?96) examined the effects of the M&M activities and the face-to-face (F2F) social contact of a group instruction method on the perception of mothers' interactions with their infants and maternal postnatal attachment. Generally, M&M increased mothers' interactions with their infants specific to music-type activities and mothers' attachment to their infants. Contrary results occurred for No M&M-control group mothers. The presence/absence of F2F had no effect. Experiment 2 ("N"?=?44) focused on behavioural effects of M&M on mothers' infant-directed speech (IDS) and mother-infant reciprocity. M&M increased dyadic reciprocity, and increased the duration, mean pitch and pitch range of mothers' IDS. Without M&M a decrease in attentional characteristics of mothers' IDS and dyadic reciprocity occurred.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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