Predictors of Maternal Sensitivity to Infant Distress.

  title={Predictors of Maternal Sensitivity to Infant Distress.},
  author={Esther M. Leerkes},
  journal={Parenting, science and practice},
  volume={10 3},
OBJECTIVE: The present study was designed to examine the extent to which mothers' emotional (i.e., empathy, negative emotions) and cognitive (i.e., accurate detection of distress, goals about infant crying, and emotion efficacy) responses to infant distress are related to maternal sensitivity in tasks designed to elicit infant distress. Mothers' emotional and cognitive responses to distress were assessed both prenatally in response to unfamiliar infants and postnatally in response to own infant… CONTINUE READING


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