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Research report: Social proximity in early mother- infant interactions: Implications for gender differences?
Göteborgs universitet.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Psykologi)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5025-9975
1997 (English)In: Early development & parenting, ISSN 1057-3593, E-ISSN 1099-0917, Vol. 6, no 2, 83-88 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In an exploratory study, we investigated degrees of socialproximity between mothers and their 9-month-old children.Twenty-four Swedish mother±infant dyads (12 boys and 12girls) were observed during a brief free play episode. Socialproximity was measured through nine items focusing on bothcommunication and social interaction. Overall, we found thatmother±daughter dyads displayed significantly higher degrees ofsocial proximity than mother±son dyads. More specifically,mothers with daughters displayed more physical and visualcontact, and were also rated as more sensitive than mothers withsons. It was also found that girls were judged as being morecompliant than boys.

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1997. Vol. 6, no 2, 83-88 p.
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80918DOI: DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-0917(199706)6:2<83::AID-EDP146>3.0.CO;2-KOAI: diva2:549240
Mother-infant interactions, social proximity, gender differences
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