Research report: Social proximity in early mother- infant interactions: Implications for gender differences?
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
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1997. Vol. 6, no 2, 83-88 p.
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-80918DOI: DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-0917(199706)6:2<83::AID-EDP146>3.0.CO;2-KOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-80918DiVA: diva2:549240
ProjectsMother-infant interactions, social proximity, gender differences