Caregiver-infant interactions

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  • Created on: 02-05-19 09:53
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  • Caregiver-infant interactions
    • Reciprocity
      • Shared behaviour between caregiver and infant
    • Interactional synchrony
      • Infants move bodies in rhythm to caregiver's speech
    • Evaluation
      • Practical application; nowadays new mothers have cots closer to their newborns for proximity
      • Not found in all cultures so weakens the idea that it is essential
        • Le Vine et al (1994) Kenyan mothers have little contact but still secure attachments
      • Difficult to know whether actions or deliberate or not so does the interaction actually have special meaning?
      • Observations of actions are well-controlled, check for validity
        • Babies don't know they are being observed so no demand characteristic
    • Klaus and Kennell (1976) Compared mothers who spent a lot of time with children and not
      • 1 month later, more time and contact = more cuddles and eye contact (Was still noticeable a year later)
        • Suggests more physical contact results in stronger bond
    • Condon and Sander (1974) Analysed videos of infants and adults behaviour
      • Co-ordinated their actions, supporting IS
        • Further supported by Isabella et al (1989) This behaviour in first year of life resulted in secure attachment type


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