Maternal and Child Characteristics as Antecedents of Maternal Mind-Mindedness

Maternal and Child Characteristics as Antecedents of Maternal Mind-Mindedness

Maternal and Child Characteristics as Antecedents of Maternal Mind-Mindedness

Maternal and Child Characteristics as Antecedents of Maternal Mind-Mindednesss

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Demers, Isabelle, Bernier, Annie, Tarabulsy, Georges M. et Provost, Marc A. . 2010. «Maternal and Child Characteristics as Antecedents of Maternal Mind-Mindedness ». Infant Mental Health Journal, vol. 31, no 1, p. 94-112.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
« The current report pursued three goals. The first was to examine the validity of an expanded measure of mind-mindedness, by examining the magnitude and direction of its associations with a well-documented correlate of mind-mindedness: maternal sensitivity. […] Second, this study aimed at examining the associations between maternal psychosocial functioning, maternal perception of the child’s temperament, and aspects of mind-mindedness retained in the previous step. […] Third, this study aimed at broadening the understanding of the antecedents of maternal mind-mindedness. » (p. 98)

Questions/Hypothèses :
First, « […] it was expected that positive mind-mindedness and a richer description of the child would show higher positive associations with maternal sensitivity than would the original mind-mindedness measure. Based on the same set of previous studies, we also predicted a negative correlation between negative mind-mindedness (i.e., the use of negative mental descriptors) and maternal sensitivity. Only those aspects of mind-mindedness (positive, negative, or neutral mind-mindedness, and richness of the description) associated with maternal sensitivity will be retained for further analysis. […] [Second, it was] expected that maternal mind-mindedness would be positively associated with higher maternal psychosocial functioning and a perception of an easier child temperament. […] [Third, the authors] hypothesized that state of mind would contribute to the prediction of mind-mindedness, but that other psychosocial factors (mothers’ psychosocial functioning and perception of the child’s temperament) would contribute independently to the prediction of mind-mindedness above and beyond maternal state of mind. » (p. 98)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
« To pursue the goals of this study, we selected a convenience sample made up of adolescent and adult mothers on which we have previously published (Lemelin, Tarabulsy, & Provost, 2006; Tarabulsy et al., 2008). Data were available for 106 mother-infant dyads (55 boys). » (p. 98)

Instruments :
- Questionnaires
- Guide d’entretien semi-structuré (AAI; George et al., 1985)

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


« Contrary to previous findings, the proportion of mental descriptors was not associated with maternal sensitivity. However, the expanded measure revealed a significant positive link between positive mind-mindedness and maternal sensitivity, and between richness of the description and maternal sensitivity. We then investigated predictors of positive maternal mind-mindedness. Maternal state of mind regarding past attachment experiences, psychological adjustment, and perception of the child’s temperament were considered. The findings revealed that attachment state of mind and parenting stress constitute independent predictors of positive mind-mindedness. These findings suggest that mind-mindedness is associated not only with parental state of mind but also to current factors related to parenthood. » (p. 94)