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Dynamic bidirectional associations in negative behavior: Mother-toddler interaction during a snack delay.

Authors
  • Ravindran, Niyantri1
  • Berry, Daniel2
  • McElwain, Nancy L1
  • 1 Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 2 Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Developmental psychology
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2019
Volume
55
Issue
6
Pages
1191–1198
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1037/dev0000703
PMID: 30742468
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Theoretical models posit real-time bidirectional processes between parents and children as integral to child development, yet few studies have examined such processes. In this study, cross-lagged autoregressive latent growth models were used to assess the dynamic organization of mother and toddler behavior across a snack-delay task. Maternal support and nonsupport and toddler aversive behaviors were rated in 15-s intervals (N = 127 dyads; mean toddler age = 32.7 months). As hypothesized, within-mother increases in nonsupport predicted within-child increases in aversive behavior in the subsequent interval. Likewise, within-child increases in aversive behavior predicted within-mother increases in nonsupport. Maternal support was unassociated with child aversive behavior. Findings are consistent with a dynamic model of mother-toddler influences on negative behaviors during a regulatory challenge. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved).

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