Does infant carrying promote attachment? An experimental study of the effects of increased physical contact on the development of attachment.

  title={Does infant carrying promote attachment? An experimental study of the effects of increased physical contact on the development of attachment.},
  author={Elizabeth Anisfeld and Virginia Casper and Molly L. Nozyce and Nicholas Cunningham},
  journal={Child development},
  volume={61 5},
This study was designed to test the hypothesis that increased physical contact, experimentally induced, would promote greater maternal responsiveness and more secure attachment between infant and mother. Low-SES mothers of newborn infants were randomly assigned to an experimental group (n = 23) that received soft baby carriers (more physical contact) or to a control group (n = 26) that received infants seats (less contact). Using a transitional probability analysis of a play session at 31/2… 

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