Interaction behavior of infants and their dual-career parents

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

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The behaviors of dual-career parents were compared in face-to-face interactions with their 8-month-old infants who attended on all-day infant nursery. Mothers, as compared to fathers, exhibited more frequent smiling, vocalizing, and touching with their infants. In turn, the infants spent a greater proportion of the interaction time smiling and being motorically active when they were interacting with their mothers versus their fathers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-377
Number of pages7
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1987


  • dual-career parents
  • fathers
  • parent-infant interactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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