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The Mindedness of Maternal Touch: An Investigation of Maternal Mind-Mindedness and Mother-Infant Touch Interactions. / Crucianelli, Laura; Wheatley, Lisa; Filippetti, Maria Laura; Kirk, Elizabeth; Jenkinson, Paul; Fotopoulou, Aikaterini.

In: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Vol. 35, 02.2019, p. 47-56.

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Crucianelli, Laura ; Wheatley, Lisa ; Filippetti, Maria Laura ; Kirk, Elizabeth ; Jenkinson, Paul ; Fotopoulou, Aikaterini. / The Mindedness of Maternal Touch: An Investigation of Maternal Mind-Mindedness and Mother-Infant Touch Interactions. In: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 2019 ; Vol. 35. pp. 47-56.

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title = "The Mindedness of Maternal Touch:: An Investigation of Maternal Mind-Mindedness and Mother-Infant Touch Interactions",
abstract = "Increasing evidence shows that maternal touch may promote emotion regulation in infants, however less is known about how parental higher-order social cognition abilities are translated into tactile, affect-regulatory behaviours towards their infants. During 10 min book-reading, mother-infant sessions when infants were 12 months old (N = 45), we investigated maternal mind-mindedness (MM), the social cognitive ability to understand an infant{\textquoteright}s mental state, by coding the contingency of maternal verbal statements towards the infants{\textquoteright} needs and desires. We also rated spontaneous tactile interactions in terms of their emotional contingency. We found that frequent non-attuned mind-related comments were associated with touch behaviours that were not contingent with the infant{\textquoteright}s emotions; ultimately discouraging affective tactile responses from the infant. However, comments that were more appropriate to infant{\textquoteright}s mental states did not necessarily predict more emotionally-contingent tactile behaviours. These findings suggest that when parental high-order social cognitive abilities are compromised, they are also likely to translate into inappropriate, tactile attempts to regulate infant{\textquoteright}s emotions.",
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