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Mind‐mindedness versus mentalistic interpretations of behavior: Is mind‐mindedness a relational construct?

Larkin, Fionnuala and Schacht, Robin and Oostenbroek, Janine and Hayward, Emily and Fernyhough, Charles and Muñoz Centifanti, Luna C. and Meins, Elizabeth (2021) 'Mind‐mindedness versus mentalistic interpretations of behavior: Is mind‐mindedness a relational construct?', Infant mental health journal., 42 (2). pp. 176-187.

Abstract

Mind‐mindedness is a measure of the tendency to represent significant others in internal state terms and is central to supportive parent–infant relationships. The two studies reported here explored whether mind‐mindedness generalizes to representations of unknown individuals, using a novel task that assessed individual differences in adults’ tendency to interpret others’ behavior with reference to their internal states: the Unknown Mother–Infant Interaction Task (UMIIT). We compared UMIIT performance with measures of mind‐mindedness from (a) adults’ descriptions of close friends and partners (Study 1, N = 96) and (b) mothers’ appropriate versus nonattuned comments on their infants’ internal states (Study 2, N = 56). In line with the proposal that mind‐mindedness is a relational construct, UMIIT performance was unrelated to mind‐mindedness in both studies.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 16 December 2022.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21901
Publisher statement:This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Larkin, Fionnuala, Schacht, Robin, Oostenbroek, Janine, Hayward, Emily, Fernyhough, Charles, Muñoz Centifanti, Luna C. & Meins, Elizabeth (2021). Mind‐mindedness versus mentalistic interpretations of behavior: Is mind‐mindedness a relational construct? Infant Mental Health Journal 42(2): 176-187, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21901. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:08 February 2021
Date of first online publication:16 December 2020
Date first made open access:16 December 2022

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