Effects of maternal unavailability on mother-infant interactions

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

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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 (US)
Pages (from-to)473-478
Number of pages6
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1986


  • maternal unavailability
  • separation
  • still-face

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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