Face-to-face interaction behavior across early infancy

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

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Stability and change in mother-infant interaction behavior were assessed across early infancy. At 8 versus 4 months, the infants showed more smiling, vocalizing and motor-activity, and their mothers touched and moved their infants' limbs less often. Stability was noted only for infant distress-brow and mother's touching the infant. Although very few relationships were apparent between mother and infant behavior at 4 months, several maternal behaviors at 4 months were related to infant behaviors at 8 months, and several relationships were noted between maternal and infant behavior at 8 months.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-116
Number of pages6
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1987


  • affetive behaviors
  • interaction
  • mother-infant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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