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Title: The longitudinal influences of maternal mind-mindedness and maternal sensitivity on child emotion regulation
Author: Hassan, B.
Awarding Body: UCL( University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2013
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Aims: This longitudinal study investigated the role of maternal mind-mindedness and maternal sensitivity on the child’s emotion regulation abilities. Methods: 85 mother child-dyads were recruited through the University of Reading’s Child Development Group database. Mother-child-interactions, child’s reactivity and emotion regulation were videotaped and coded when the child was 15 (Time 1) and 24 (Time 2) months old, in a frustration-eliciting situation, the Attractive Toy Task (Laboratory Temperament Assessment Battery, Goldsmith & Rothbart, 1991). At Time 1, maternal sensitivity was coded using the Global Rating Scale of Mother- Child Interaction (Gunning, Fiori-Cowley & Murray, 1999) and maternal-mindedness was coded using an adaptation of the Mind-Mindedness Coding Manual (Meins & Fernyhough, 2010). Results: As predicted, there was a relationship between maternal sensitivity and maternal mind-mindedness; however the association between maternal mind- mindedness and maternal sensitivity was confounded by maternal verbosity. Mind- mindedness and maternal sensitivity at 15 months did not have an impact on the child’s emotion regulation ability at 15 or 24 months. No evidence was found of maternal sensitivity mediating the relationship between mind-mindedness and the child’s emotion regulation ability. Conclusions: Overall, the present study found support for the concept that maternal mind-mindedness is linked to maternal sensitivity in emotionally challenging situations. Further research capturing the dynamic nature of emotion regulation by time synchronized and multi-temporal analysis is warranted so as to investigate the contribution of parental sensitivity and mind-mindedness in the child’s emotional development.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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