Games parents play with normal and high-risk infants

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Game playing during early infant-parent interactions provides a context for learning conversational turntaking and contingent responsivity. The types and frequency of "universally" recognized infant games were observed during face-to-face interactions of normal and high risk infant-parent dyads when the infants were four months old. Approximately six different games were played for approximately one-third of the interaction time. Except during interactions with normal male infants mothers and fathers played games equally as often. The high-risk infant-parent dyads engaged in game playing less frequently than the normal infant-parent dyads. These differences are discussed in the context of the high-risk infants being "difficult" babies and relatively less responsive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-48
Number of pages8
JournalChild Psychiatry & Human Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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