Longitudinal interplay of young children's negative affectivity and maternal interaction quality in the context of unequal psychosocial resources





Professorship/Faculty: Early Childhood Education and Care ; Developmental Psychology  
Author(s): Freund, Jan-David; Linberg, Anja; Weinert, Sabine  
Title of the Journal: Infant behavior and development : an international & interdisciplinary journal
ISSN: 0163-6383
Publisher Information: Amsterdam [u.a.] : Elsevier Science
Year of publication: 2019
Volume: 55
Issue: May
Pages: 123-132
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2019.01.003
Abstract: 
Interaction quality and child temperament predict early and later child development. Research hints at transactional interrelations of both aspects but lacks adequate data to examine this assumption.
Maternal psychosocial resources are suspected moderators in this context but rarely taken into account. Drawing on data of the German National Educational Panel Study we conducted a cross-lagged panel analysis on the longitudinal interplay of maternal interaction quality and children's negative affectivity at 6–8, 16–18, and 25–27 months and compared mothers with and without accumulated strains. Both variables showed moderate to high structural and rank order stability over time and low but increasing connections. In the case of accumulated stress factors, interaction quality is clearly impaired and high negative affectivity acts as an additional burden while low negative affectivity helps strained mothers to maintain higher interaction quality but only in the first year of life.
Keywords: Early temperament, Interaction quality, Psychosocial risk, Cross-lagged panel, Early childhood, Stability
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Document Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/45753
Year of publication: 28. June 2019
Project: Video-based validity analyses of measures of early childhood competencies and home learning environment (ViVA)