Effects of maternal unavailability on mother-infant interactions

Tiffany M Field, Nitza Vega-Lahr, Frank Scafidi, Sheri Goldstein

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Abstract

To determine the differential effects of maternal emotional and physical unavailability on infant interaction behavior, 4-month-old infants were subjected to the mothers' still-face and to a brief separation from the mother. Although the infants became more negative and agitated during both conditions, the still-face was more stressful.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-478
Number of pages6
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

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Keywords

  • maternal unavailability
  • separation
  • still-face

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Effects of maternal unavailability on mother-infant interactions. / Field, Tiffany M; Vega-Lahr, Nitza; Scafidi, Frank; Goldstein, Sheri.

In: Infant Behavior and Development, Vol. 9, No. 4, 01.01.1986, p. 473-478.

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Field, Tiffany M ; Vega-Lahr, Nitza ; Scafidi, Frank ; Goldstein, Sheri. / Effects of maternal unavailability on mother-infant interactions. In: Infant Behavior and Development. 1986 ; Vol. 9, No. 4. pp. 473-478.
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