Hierarchy of interactive functions in father-mother-baby three-way games
Article first published online: 18 AUG 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Infant and Child Development
Volume 13, Issue 4, pages 301–322, December 2004
How to Cite
Frascarolo, F., Favez, N., Carneiro, C. and Fivaz-Depeursinge, E. (2004), Hierarchy of interactive functions in father-mother-baby three-way games. Inf. Child Develop., 13: 301–322. doi: 10.1002/icd.361
- Issue published online: 25 OCT 2004
- Article first published online: 18 AUG 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 JUL 2003
- Manuscript Received: 12 APR 2002
In developmental research, the family has mainly been studied through dyadic interaction. Three-way interactions have received less attention, partly because of their complexity. This difficulty may be overcome by distinguishing between four hierarchically embedded functions in three-way interactions: (1) participation (inclusion of all participants), (2) organization (partners keeping to their roles), (3) focalization (sharing a common focus) and (4) affective contact (being in tune). We document this hierarchical model on a sample of 80 families observed in the Lausanne Trilogue Play situation across four different sites. Hierarchy between functions was demonstrated by means of Guttman scalability coefficient. Given the importance of the child's development in a threesome, the pertinence of this model for family assessment is discussed. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.