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Mothers who are securely attached in pregnancy show more attuned infant mirroring 7 months postpartum.

Kim, S; Fonagy, P; Allen, J; Martinez, S; Iyengar, U; Strathearn, L; (2014) Mothers who are securely attached in pregnancy show more attuned infant mirroring 7 months postpartum. Infant Behav Dev , 37 (4) 491 - 504. 10.1016/j.infbeh.2014.06.002. Green open access

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Abstract

This study contrasted two forms of mother-infant mirroring: the mother's imitation of the infant's facial, gestural, or vocal behavior (i.e., "direct mirroring") and the mother's ostensive verbalization of the infant's internal state, marked as distinct from the infant's own experience (i.e., "intention mirroring"). Fifty mothers completed the Adult Attachment Interview (Dynamic Maturational Model) during the third trimester of pregnancy. Mothers returned with their infants 7 months postpartum and completed a modified still-face procedure. While direct mirroring did not distinguish between secure and insecure/dismissing mothers, secure mothers were observed to engage in intention mirroring more than twice as frequently as did insecure/dismissing mothers. Infants of the two mother groups also demonstrated differences, with infants of secure mothers directing their attention toward their mothers at a higher frequency than did infants of insecure/dismissing mothers. The findings underscore marked and ostensive verbalization as a distinguishing feature of secure mothers' well-attuned, affect-mirroring communication with their infants.

Type: Article
Title: Mothers who are securely attached in pregnancy show more attuned infant mirroring 7 months postpartum.
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2014.06.002
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2014.06.002
Language: English
Additional information: © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).
Keywords: Attachment, Infant attention, Maternal mirroring, Mother–infant communication
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1434511
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