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ERIC Number: EJ770313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
An Analysis of Mother-Child Interaction Patterns in Prison
Eloff, I.; Moen, M.
Early Child Development and Care, v173 n6 p711-720 Dec 2003
In April 2002, there were three hundred and eighty-six children living in prison with their mothers in South Africa, four of which were inmates of the Pretoria Female Prison. The interaction patterns between these four mothers and their children was investigated by means of individual interviews, observation, field notes and the Marschak Interaction Method. It was found that the mother-child interaction patterns in prison of the participants in this study are typified by four themes: (1) the experience of the restrictiveness of the prison environment; (2) the in-exclusivity of the mother-child attachment process; (3) the mothers' inattention to situations that their children might experience as stressful; and (4) the absence of imaginative play. (Contains 1 table and 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; South Africa