The role of maternal affect attunement in dyadic and triadic communication.

Bibliographic Collection: 
MOCA Reference, APE
Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Legerstee, Maria; Markova, Gabriela; Fisher, Tamara
Year of Publication: 2007
Journal: Infant Behav Dev
Volume: 30
Issue: 2
Pagination: 296-306
Date Published: 2007 May
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 1934-8800
Keywords: Affect, Communication, Eye Movements, Female, Humans, Infant, Infant Behavior, Interpersonal Relations, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Mother-Child Relations

The influence of maternal affect attunement on the relationship between gaze monitoring during dyadic communication at 3 months and coordinated attention during triadic communication at 5, 7 and 10 months was examined in a longitudinal study. Although most infants engaged in gaze monitoring at 3 months and in coordinated attention at 5, 7 and 10 months, a regression analysis revealed that gaze monitoring at 3 months significantly predicted coordinated attention at 10 months only when maternal affect attunement was high. These findings are discussed in terms of theories that emphasize the role of social interaction in the development of meaningful communication and continuity in mental state awareness during the first year of life.

DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2006.10.003
Alternate Journal: Infant Behav Dev