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

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    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. Publisher statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Attachment & Human Development on 31/03/2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14616734.2014.898158
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)230-241
    JournalAttachment & Human Development
    Volume16
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2014

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    Bibliographical note

    This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Attachment & Human Development on 31/03/2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14616734.2014.898158

    Keywords

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

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