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ERIC Number: EJ882832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Behaviour Patterns in Daily Mother-Child Separations: Possible Opportunities for Stress Reduction
Klein, Pnina S.; Kraft, Ravit R.; Shohet, Cilly
Early Child Development and Care, v180 n3 p387-396 Apr 2010
Despite the abundance of research on attachment and on the effects of separation, very little research examines the actual processes of separation occurring daily when mothers leave their children (age 6-18 months) in out-of-home group care. In the current study, this everyday process of separation was observed for three months (September-November), starting with the first day in daycare. Typical patterns of mother-child, mother-child-caregiver, mother-caregiver and child-caregiver interactions were identified, each including behaviours that could either relieve or aggravate stress. Separation processes initiated by the mother that included repeated patterns of ceremony and ritual were identified as reducing stress. In addition, infants and toddlers who cried more following separation received more attention distracting responses, whereas those who cried less received more empathic responses. More crying was observed when mothers remained to talk to the caregiver after separation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel