Maternal mind-mindedness during infancy, general parenting sensitivity and observed child feeding behavior: A longitudinal study

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Authors

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Aston University

Abstract

Maternal mind-mindedness, or the tendency to view the child as a mental agent, has been shown to predict sensitive and responsive parenting behavior. As yet the role of mind-mindedness has not been explored in the context of feeding interactions. This study evaluates the relations between maternal mind-mindedness at 6 months of infant age and subsequently observed maternal sensitivity and feeding behaviors with children at age 1 year. Maternal mind-mindedness was greater in mothers who had breast-fed compared to formula-fed. Controlling for breast-feeding, mind-mindedness at 6 months was correlated with observations of more sensitive and positive feeding behaviors at 1 year of age. Mind-mindedness was also associated with greater general maternal sensitivity in play and this general parenting sensitivity mediated the effect of mind-mindedness on more sensitive and positive feeding behaviors. Interventions to promote maternal tendency to consider their child's mental states may encourage more adaptive parental feeding behaviors.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-241
Number of pages12
JournalAttachment and Human Development
Volume16
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • breast-feeding, child feeding, feeding behavior, mind-mindedness, sensitive

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