Infants protest their mothers' attending to an infant-size doll

Sybil Hart, Tiffany Field, Claudia Del Valle

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Twelve-month old infants (N = 76) experienced 4 situations of unresponsiveness in which their mothers and a stranger directed positive attention toward a doll or a picture book while they ignored the infant. Infants demonstrated more protest, negative vocalizations and inhibited play during the doll condition, particularly if the doll was held by the mother. Infant contacts with the mother were more frequent when the mother held the doll. Infants' distress during the mother/doll condition was interpreted as jealousy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-61
Number of pages8
JournalSocial Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Emotion
  • Jealousy
  • Mother-infant interaction
  • Peers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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