Maternal sensitivity in play, distress, and feeding contexts: Factor structure, mean differences, and unique correlates

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Cheryl A. Buehler, Professor (Creator)
Esther M. Leerkes, Professor (Creator)
Lenka H. Shriver, Associate Professor (Creator)
Laurie Wideman, Safrit-Ennis Distinguished Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Maternal sensitivity has typically been viewed as a global trait. Recent arguments have been made for domain specificity (Grusec & Davidov, 2010). That is, parenting goals and behaviors, their antecedents, and their impact on relevant child outcomes may vary across developmental domains or contexts. Recent research supports this perspective (Leerkes et al, 2009; 2012; McElwain & Booth LaForce, 2006, Vliet et al., 2022, Teti et al., 2022). The goals of this study are to examine the extent to which maternal sensitivity in free play, distress-eliciting and feeding tasks (a) reflect a single construct or 3 context-specific constructs; (b) demonstrate mean differences; and (c) have similar versus unique antecedents/correlates.

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Language: English
Date: 2023
maternal sensitivity, parenthood, child development

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