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OBSERVATION OF PARENT-CHILD INTERACTION WITH TWO- TO THREE-YEAR-OLDS*
Version of Record online: 7 DEC 2006
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume 25, Issue 3, pages 379–407, July 1984
How to Cite
Dowdney, L., Mrazek, D., Quinton, D. and Rutter, M. (1984), OBSERVATION OF PARENT-CHILD INTERACTION WITH TWO- TO THREE-YEAR-OLDS. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 25: 379–407. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1984.tb00159.x
This paper includes original material to be submitted by Linda Dowdney as part of a PhD thesis for London University.
- Issue online: 7 DEC 2006
- Version of Record online: 7 DEC 2006
- Accepted manuscript received 1 December 1982
- mother-child interactions;
- sequential recording;
- maternal affect
Summary A method of home observations of mother-child interaction is described. Its development is outlined in terms of the relevant conceptual and methodological issues, and the concomitant tactical decisions involved in development are discussed, The scheme focuses on parental responsivity, affect, social communication and social control, and a novel combination of time-interval and event-sequential recording is used to discriminate parental functioning in these areas. The measures have been shown to have a satisfactorily high level of reliability, and preliminary analysis indicates construct validity.