Quality of maternal thinking and mother-child interaction in at-risk contexts
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SourceScandinavian Journal of Psychology, 52, 6, (2011), pp. 545-552
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SW OZ BSI OGG
Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
This study investigates how the maternal level of perspectivistic reasoning and the level of socialization goals in the representation of their actions are related to the quality of mother-child behaviors as well as to the expert ratings on maternal practices in at-risk contexts. It also investigated whether there is any direct link between mother and child behaviors and expert ratings. A sample of 75 mothers of children between 8 and 12 years old reported on their level of perspectivistic reasoning and were characterized by the social workers of municipal services as being coercive, neglectful or meeting their child’s needs. Interactions during a collaborative task were observed to obtain information on level of socialization goals and mother-child behaviors. Structural equation models showed that mothers’ higher levels of perspectivism and higher levels of socialization goals positively predicted the mother’s and child’s sensitivity and active involvement in the task and negatively predicted avoidance and passivity. Higher levels of perspectivism consistently predicted experts’ views on maternal practices. However, only mother’s avoidance predicted negatively expert ratings on coercion practice, indicating that expert views were mostly derived from the mothers’ perspective on their child. The implications of these results for parental assessment and intervention programs are discussed.
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