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New evidence for the social embeddedness of infants' early triangular capacities.
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  • James P. McHale
  • Elisabeth Fivaz-Depeursinge
  • Susan Dickstein
  • Janet Robertson
  • Matthew Daley
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James P. McHale

Document Type
Article
Publication Date
2008
Date Issued
January 2008
Date Available
January 2012
Disciplines
Abstract
Infants appear to be active participants in complex interactional sequences with their parents far earlier than previously theorized. In this report, we document the capacity of 3-month-old infants to share attention with two partners (mothers and fathers) simultaneously, and trace links between this capacity and early family group-level dynamics. During comprehensive evaluations of the family’s emergent coparenting alliance completed in 113 homes, we charted infants’ eye gaze patterns during two different mother-father-infant assessment paradigms. Triangular capacities (operationalized as the frequency of rapid multishift gaze transitions between parents during interactions) were stable across interaction context. Infants exhibiting more advanced triangular capacities belonged to families showing evidence of better coparental adjustment. Theoretical and practice implications of these findings are discussed.
Comments
Abstract only. Full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Family Process, 47(4), 445-463. doi:10.1111/j.1545-5300.2008.00265.x Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.
Language
en_US
Publisher
Family Process
Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Citation Information
McHale, J., Fivaz-Depeursinge, E., Dickstein, S., Robertson, J., & Daley, M. (2008). New evidence for the social embeddedness of infants' early triangular capacities. Family Process, 47(4), 445-463. doi:10.1111/j.1545-5300.2008.00265.x