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

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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.

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    Rights statement: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published inFarrow, C., & Blissett, J. (2014). Maternal mind-mindedness during infancy, general parenting sensitivity and observed child feeding behavior: a longitudinal study. Attachment and human development, 16(3), 230-241. Attachment and human development 2014 © Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14616734.2014.898158

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-241
Number of pages12
JournalAttachment and Human Development
Volume16
Issue number3
Early online date22 Feb 2014
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StatePublished - 2014

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This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published inFarrow, C., & Blissett, J. (2014). Maternal mind-mindedness during infancy, general parenting sensitivity and observed child feeding behavior: a longitudinal study. Attachment and human development, 16(3), 230-241. Attachment and human development 2014 © Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14616734.2014.898158

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

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