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Maternal mind-mindedness and children’s behavioral difficulties : mitigating the impact of low socioeconomic status

Meins, L. and Centifanti (née Muñoz), L.C. and Fernyhough, C. and Fishburn, S. (2013) 'Maternal mind-mindedness and children’s behavioral difficulties : mitigating the impact of low socioeconomic status.', Journal of abnormal child psychology., 41 (4). pp. 543-553.

Abstract

Relations between mothers’ tendency to comment appropriately on their 8-month-olds’ internal states (mind-mindedness) and children’s behavioral difficulties (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) at ages 44 and 61 months were investigated in a socially diverse sample (N = 171, 88 boys). Controlling for maternal depressive symptoms, perceived social support, sensitivity, child language ability, and child gender, maternal mind-mindedness was negatively related to children’s externalizing and internalizing behaviors specifically in low socioeconomic status (SES) families. Furthermore, behavioral difficulties at age 44 months mediated the relation between maternal mind-mindedness and behavioral difficulties at age 61 months, but only for low SES families. These findings are discussed with reference to possible ways in which mind-mindedness could inform interventions targeted at at-risk groups.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10802-012-9699-3
Publisher statement:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:10 July 2013
Date of first online publication:May 2013
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