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Emotional Communication in Mother-Toddler Relationships: Evidence for Early Gender Differentiation

JoAnn Robinson, Christina Little and Zeynep Biringen
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly
Vol. 39, No. 4 (October 1993), pp. 496-517
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23087246
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

Recent theorists of self-development and some empirical evidence suggest that from early infancy mothers encourage greater relatedness in female than in male infants. In this study, patterns of emotional communication were explored, emphasizing both mother and child roles in affect regulation. Mother-child dyads (n = 70) were videotaped at ages 18 and 24 months in their homes during semistructured play. Shared and nonshared affect displays and two maternal dimensions were rated, sensitive/ insensitive and nonintrusive/intrusive qualities. Display of maternal positive and negative affects decreased with age; child affects were unchanged. Gender-specific findings were salient. Maternal matching of child affects decreased over time for daughters. Maternal sensitivity was associated with maternal matching of son's affects and daughter's creation of shared states with her. These findings are interpreted in light of the theorizing by Chodorow (1978) and Miller (1986).

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