Anger and Positive Reactivity in Infancy: Effects on Maternal Report of Surgency and Attention Focusing in Early Childhood

Jie He, Amie Ashley Hane, Kathryn Amey Degnan, Heather A. Henderson, Qinmei Xu, Nathan A. Fox

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Abstract

We examined two aspects of temperamental approach in early infancy, positive reactivity and anger, and their unique and combined influences on maternal reports of child surgency and attention focusing at 4years of age. One hundred and fourteen infants were observed for their positive reactions to novel stimuli at 4months, and their anger expressions during arm restraint at 9months. Child surgency and attention focusing at age 4years were assessed by maternal report. Infants who expressed more anger to restraint were rated higher in surgency during early childhood relative to infants who expressed less anger. The effects of positive reactivity to novelty on attention focusing were moderated by anger to restraint. These findings suggest that infant temperamental approach tendencies are multifaceted and have both unique and combined influences on later maternal report of attention and social behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-201
Number of pages18
JournalInfancy
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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