Maternal Touch and Infants’ Self-Regulatory Behaviors during Face-to-Face Still-Face and Modified Still-Face Interactions

Maternal Touch and Infants’ Self-Regulatory Behaviors during Face-to-Face Still-Face and Modified Still-Face Interactions

Maternal Touch and Infants’ Self-Regulatory Behaviors during Face-to-Face Still-Face and Modified Still-Face Interactions

Maternal Touch and Infants’ Self-Regulatory Behaviors during Face-to-Face Still-Face and Modified Still-Face Interactionss

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Jean, Amélie D. L. 2013. «Maternal Touch and Infants’ Self-Regulatory Behaviors during Face-to-Face Still-Face and Modified Still-Face Interactions». Thèse de doctorat, Montréal, Université Concordia, Département de psychologie.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
This thesis made of two articles «assessed how maternal touch and infants’ self-regulatory behaviors contribute to infants emotion regulation in two studies. Study 1a [first article] examined maternal touch and infants’ self-regulatory behaviors in full-term and very-low-birth-weight preterm [VLBW/PT] infant-mother dyads during a Still-Face (SF) procedure. […] Study 1b [not an article] examined the association between maternal nurturing touch and infants’ self-regulatory behaviors, and infants’ smiling and distress level. […] Study 2 [second article] investigated maternal touch and infants’ self-regulatory behaviors during a modified Still-Face with Touch (SF+T) procedure consisting of one Normal period followed by three SF+T periods.» (p. iii-iv)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
In the first two studies (1a and 1b) the sample counts «[m]others and ther 5 1/2-month-olf Full-term (n = 40) and VLBW/PT (n = 40) infants participated in a Still-Face (SF) procedure.» (p. 32) La deuxième étude compte 24 dyades mère-enfant. Les enfants sont du même âge que dans les études précédentes. Plusieurs échelles sont utilisés pour coder les résultats des observations.

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


The results of the first study showed that «[a]cross periods, the functions of touch used by mothers varied while infants increased their use of self-regulatory behaviors during the SF period. Full-term infants displayed more self-comfort regulatory behaviors following the SF period. Furthermore, functions of maternal touch were associated with infants’ self-regulatory behaviors. [Study 1b showed that mothers] of full-term infants were found to increase their use of nurturing touch when their infants exhibited distress. Furthermore, maternal touch and infants’ self-regulatory behaviors were associated with infants’ smiling. [The second article show how maternal] touch modulated infants’ responses to the SF and their reliance on their own regulatory behaviors. Although mothers varied the functions of touch they used across the periods, infants used similar amounts of self-regulatory behaviors. Finally, maternal touch and infants’ self-regulatory behaviors were temporally organized with infants’ affect and attention. Results from these studies highlight the role of maternal touch as a regulatory strategy and mothers’ ability to use only one modality of communication, touch, to regulate their infants’ affect and attention. Results also extend our knowledge of infants’ emotion regulation by documenting the central roles that both mothers and infants play. » (p. iii-iv)