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Social proximity in Swedish mother-daughter and mother-son interactions in infancy.
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
2002 (English)In: Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, ISSN 0264-6838, E-ISSN 1469-672X, Vol. 20, no 1, 37-42 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigated free play interactions between 20 Swedish mothers andtheir infants (11 boys and nine girls) at 9 and 14 months of age. Higher degrees of socialproximity within mother± daughters dyads were found, as compared to mother± son dyads.Mothers with daughters also displayed more physical contact at 9 months and scored higher onmaternal sensitivity at 14 months, as compared to mothers of boys. Higher degrees of socialpromixity (combined infant and mother scores) were found at 14 months of age, as comparedto 9 months. These findings suggest that despite the high level of gender equality promoted inSwedish society, Swedish mothers treat girls differently from boys.

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2002. Vol. 20, no 1, 37-42 p.
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Mother & Child, equality, Sweden
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81139DOI: DOI: 10.1080/02646830220106794.OAI: diva2:550833
Available from: 2012-09-08 Created: 2012-09-08 Last updated: 2013-09-12

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