Fathers' interactions with their high‐risk infants

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Fathers' face‐to‐face interactions with their 4‐month‐old high‐risk infants were compared to mothers' interactions with the same infants and to those interactions of fathers and mothers of normal infants. The high‐risk infants were less attentive and less affectively responsive than normal infants, and their mothers were more active. Fathers of both high‐risk and normal infants engaged in more game playing and laughed more frequently than mothers during interactions. Although the behaviors of the normal and high‐risk infants differed, as did the behaviors of mothers interacting with them, the fathers engaged in similar amounts of activity, smiling, laughing and playing games with normal and high‐risk infants. Fathers may be less disturbed than mothers by their high‐risk infants' lesser responsivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-256
Number of pages8
JournalInfant Mental Health Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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