Dynamic Infant-Parent Affect Coupling During the Face-to-Face/Still-Face

Sy Miin Chow, John D. Haltigan, Daniel S. Messinger

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Abstract

We examined dynamic infant-parent affect coupling using the Face-to-Face/Still-Face (FFSF). The sample included 20 infants whose older siblings had been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD-sibs) and 18 infants with comparison siblings (COMP-sibs). A series of mixed effects bivariate autoregressive models was used to represent the self-regulation and interactive dynamics of infants and parents during the FFSF. Significant bidirectional affective coupling was found between infants and parents, with infant-to-parent coupling being more prominent than parent-to-infant coupling. Further analysis of within-dyad dynamics revealed ongoing changes in concurrent infant-parent linkages both within and between different FFSF episodes. The importance of considering both inter- and intradyad differences is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-114
Number of pages14
JournalEmotion
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010

Keywords

  • bivariate autoregressive
  • dynamic systems
  • face-to-face/still-face
  • infant-parent interaction
  • non-stationarity
  • stochastic regression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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