The development of family alliance from pregnancy to toddlerhood and child outcomes at 5 years.

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Title
The development of family alliance from pregnancy to toddlerhood and child outcomes at 5 years.
Journal
Family Process
Author(s)
Favez N., Lopes F., Bernard M., Frascarolo F., Lavanchy Scaiola C., Corboz-Warnery A., Fivaz-Depeursinge E.
ISSN
1545-5300 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
0014-7370
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2012
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
51
Number
4
Pages
542-556
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
This article presents a longitudinal study of the development of "family alliance" from pregnancy to toddlerhood in a community sample, as well as its links with the emotional and cognitive development of the child at age 5 years. Family alliance is defined as the quality of the interactive coordination between family members. We consider that the alliance constitutes a context for the child to learn emotion regulation and to develop an understanding of inner states. Family interactions (N = 38) were observed at the 5th month of pregnancy and at 3, 9, and 18 months after birth in a standardized situation of observation (Lausanne Trilogue Play). Marital satisfaction and child temperament were assessed through self-reported questionnaires. Several outcomes of the child at age 5 years were measured: theory of mind performances, predominant emotional themes in pretend play, internalized and externalized symptoms. Results show that (a) three patterns of evolution of family alliance occur: "high stable" (n = 19), "high to low" (n = 10), and "low stable" (n = 9); (b) a high stable alliance is predictive of better outcomes in children at age 5 years, especially regarding theory of mind; (c) the temperament of the child is predictive of child outcomes; and (d) an interaction effect occurs between family alliance and temperament. These results highlight the importance of both family-level and individual-level variables for understanding individual differences in the social and cognitive development of children.
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