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Mother-Infant Synchrony

Authors

  • Barbara A. Reyna,

    1. RN, MS, NNP-BC, is a neonatal nurse practitioner in the department of nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, VA.
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  • Rita H. Pickler

    1. PhD, RN, PNP-BC, FAAN, is a professor and chair in the department of family and community health nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.
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Correspondence
Barbara A. Reyna, RN, MS, NNP, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Box 985912, Richmond, VA 23298.
breyna@vcu.edu

ABSTRACT

Synchrony is an essential component of the interaction between a mother and her infant and is characterized by adaptive and reciprocal behaviors that promote a mutually rewarding interaction. It is an antecedent for the emergence of self-regulatory function in infants and influences current and future interactions. Understanding the dynamics of the mother-infant dyad and identifying synchronous patterns are important for promoting a healthy relationship. Approaches to measurement and challenges to model development are described.

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