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Title:The Role of Infant Locomotor Onset in Shaping Mother-Infant Communication
Author(s):Zumbahlen, Marcia Renee
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Sarah Mangelsdorf; Peggy Miller
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Health Sciences, Human Development
Abstract:This study examines the relation between infant locomotor onset and emotional communication during prohibition scenes. Forty-one infants were videotaped at home with their mothers when the infants were 6 and 8 months of age. At 6 months all infants were pre-locomotor. At 8 months 23 infants were creeping on hands and knees; 18 had no creeping experience. Results indicated that the number of prohibitions infants received increased following creeping onset, particularly in distal contexts. Mothers of crawling infants more frequently used distraction and negative affect to regulate their infants' unacceptable behavior than mothers of non-crawling infants. This difference in maternal behavior corresponded with the tendency for crawling infants to more frequently reference their caregivers and express intense negative affect. Group differences in infant temperament were also noted with higher activity ratings at 6 months relating to earlier locomotor onset. It appears that infant creeping onset may interact with infant temperament to reorganize the relation between the infant and the ecology such that new means of emotional communication appear. It is within a parent-infant-environment system that behavior regulation, emotion regulation, and a sense of self develop.
Issue Date:1997
Description:163 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9812824
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1997

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