Are parents doing better when they are together? A study on the association between parental sensitivity and family-level processes

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Title
Are parents doing better when they are together? A study on the association between parental sensitivity and family-level processes
Journal
Early Child Development and Care
Author(s)
Udry-Jørgensen Laura, Tissot Hervé, Frascarolo France, Despland Jean-Nicolas, Favez Nicolas
ISSN
0300-4430
1476-8275
Publication state
Published
Issued date
02/06/2016
Volume
186
Number
6
Pages
915-926
Language
english
Abstract
The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of one parent's presence on the quality of the interaction between the other parent and their three-month-old infant. Family interactions were observed in a sample of 69 two-parent families. Parental sensitivity was assessed during two sessions, first in a ‘dyadic’ context (D) and then in a ‘dyad within the triad’ context (DT). Subsequently, we compared maternal and paternal sensitivity in the D and DT contexts according to the quality of family functioning (‘high coordination’ versus ‘low coordination’). The results showed that parents were significantly more sensitive in the DT context than in the D context. This effect appeared to vary according to the quality of family alliance. Moreover, family alliance was globally associated with sensitive parenting. This study helps clarify the role of the triad as a protective factor for early infant–parent dyads.
Keywords
Developmental and Educational Psychology, Pediatrics, Social Psychology
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Funding(s)
Swiss National Science Foundation
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