Dynamic Infant-Parent Affect Coupling During the Face-to-Face/Still-Face

Sy Miin Chow, John D. Haltigan, Daniel S. Messinger

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We examined dynamic infant-parent affect coupling using the Face-to-Face/Still-Face (FFSF). The sample included 20 infants whose older siblings had been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD-sibs) and 18 infants with comparison siblings (COMP-sibs). A series of mixed effects bivariate autoregressive models was used to represent the self-regulation and interactive dynamics of infants and parents during the FFSF. Significant bidirectional affective coupling was found between infants and parents, with infant-to-parent coupling being more prominent than parent-to-infant coupling. Further analysis of within-dyad dynamics revealed ongoing changes in concurrent infant-parent linkages both within and between different FFSF episodes. The importance of considering both inter- and intradyad differences is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-114
Number of pages14
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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