Predictors and consequences of maternal attributions among families with children at risk for developmental delays

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Carol M. Trivette (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Carol E. MacKinnon

Abstract: This research investigated the attributional biases of mothers with one-month-old infants. First this study examined to what extent maternal at-risk status (poor marital quality, depression, and low family income), social support, infant at-risk status, and the discrepancy between maternal assessment of infant ability and actual infant ability related to maternal attributional biases infants. Second, this project investigated the extent to which infant at-risk status, the discrepancy between maternal assessment of infant ability and actual infant ability, and maternal attributional biases influenced each of four styles of mother-infant interaction. To address these questions, data were collected on 65 mother-infant dyads across three points in time: prenatally, when the infants were one month old, and when the infants were six months old. Thirty-four of the infants were not at risk for developmental delays, while thirty-one were at risk for developmental delays. Regression analyses were used to determine what factors influenced attributional biases and styles of interaction.

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Language: English
Date: 1990
Mother and infant $v Cross-cultural studies
Infants $x Development
Mothers $x Economic conditions
Mothers $x Social conditions

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