Dynamic Bidirectional Associations in Negative Behavior: Mother-Toddler Interaction During a Snack Delay

Niyantri Ravindran, Daniel Berry, Nancy L. McElwain

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Abstract

Theoretical models posit real-time bidirectional processes between parents and children as integral to child development, yet few studies have examined such processes. In this study, cross-lagged autoregressive latent growth models were used to assess the dynamic organization of mother and toddler behavior across a snack-delay task. Maternal support and nonsupport and toddler aversive behaviors were rated in 15-s intervals (N = 127 dyads; mean toddler age = 32.7 months). As hypothesized, within-mother increases in nonsupport predicted within-child increases in aversive behavior in the subsequent interval. Likewise, within-child increases in aversive behavior predicted within-mother increases in nonsupport. Maternal support was unassociated with child aversive behavior. Findings are consistent with a dynamic model of mother-toddler influences on negative behaviors during a regulatory challenge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1191-1198
Number of pages8
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Volume55
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (Hatch projects ILLU-793-362 and ILLU-793-332) and the University of Illinois Research Board to Nancy L. McElwain. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the USDA or the University of Illinois. We are grateful to the families who participated in this research. We also thank Elissa Thomann Mitchell, who played a key role in coordinating and supervising the mother-child laboratory visits, and Amber Welsh, Abbie Price, Angela Turenne, and Cayla Bollinger, who assisted with observational coding of maternal and child behavior.

Funding Information:
This study was supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (Hatch projects ILLU-793-362 and ILLU-793-332) and the University of Illinois Research Board to Nancy L. McElwain. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the USDA or the University of Illinois. We are grateful to the families who participated in this research. We also thank Elissa Thomann Mitchell, who played a key role in coordinating and supervising the mother–child laboratory visits, and Amber Welsh, Abbie Price, Angela Turenne, and Cayla Bollinger, who assisted with observational coding of maternal and child behavior.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 American Psychological Association.

Keywords

  • Bidirectional
  • Mother-toddler dynamics
  • Within-person analyses

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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