Specialization, Coordination, And Developmental Sequelae Of Mother-Infant Person- and Object-Directed Interactions In American Immigrant Families.
Cote, Linda R. Bornstein, Marc H.
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Person-directed and object-directed interactions are culturally universal and developmentally significant for mother-infant relationships and children’s development. This chapter investigated the extent to which mother-infant person- and object-directed interactions in infancy were specialized, coordinated between partners, and influential for children’s development among three immigrant groups living in the United States. All mothers in the study self-identified as Japanese, South Korean, or South American, and all were first generation; their infants were born in the United States (second generation). A prospective longitudinal multimethod research design was employed, although this chapter focuses on observations of two particular behaviors. Mothers and infants were found to be specialists with respect to person- and object-directed interactions. Mother-infant dyads across cultures were coordinated in their responsiveness to person-directed interactions by 5 months of age but were not uniformly so for object-directed interactions. Maternal and infant responsiveness to person- and object-directed interactions predicted culturally specific longitudinal outcomes in toddlerhood and early childhood. (Author abstract)
immigrants; children of immigrants; family relationships; cross cultural studies; cultural factors; cultural differences; cultural issues; parenting skills; child rearing; mother child relationships; ACCULTURATION; child development; ASIAN AMERICANS; SOUTH AMERICA