Date of Completion
Dr. Adam Sheya; Dr. Dean Cruess
Developmental Psychology | Experimental Analysis of Behavior
This project aimed to examine the mother-child dyad during the second year (toddlerhood) in regards to sensitive parenting, with valuable insight into the naturalistic setting of the home (as opposed to a laboratory). With a subset of participants from the National Institute of Health sponsored study, The Play and Learning Across a Year Project (The PLAY Project), I evaluated mother-child dyads and the contact between them, in regards to supportive vs. restrictive touch; as well as attention paid to the child by the mother. Hour-long videos taken in the home environment were analyzed with Datavyu coding software to catch instances of contact and code attention. Children in the available subject pool were either 12, 18, or 24 months old (n = 4 total). I hypothesized that supportive contact and maternal attention were both valid constructs to gauge maternal sensitivity; this contradicts the number of global rating scales of maternal sensitivity that exclude interpersonal touch and maternal attention.
Douglas, Jamila, "The Value of Supportive Touch and Maternal Attention in Measures of Maternal Sensitivity" (2020). Honors Scholar Theses. 855.