Maternal mind-mindedness during infancy, general parenting sensitivity and observed child feeding behavior:a longitudinal study


Maternal mind-mindedness, or the tendency to view the child as a mental agent, has been shown to predict sensitive and responsive parenting behavior. As yet the role of mind-mindedness has not been explored in the context of feeding interactions. This study evaluates the relations between maternal mind-mindedness at 6 months of infant age and subsequently observed maternal sensitivity and feeding behaviors with children at age 1 year. Maternal mind-mindedness was greater in mothers who had breast-fed compared to formula-fed. Controlling for breast-feeding, mind-mindedness at 6 months was correlated with observations of more sensitive and positive feeding behaviors at 1 year of age. Mind-mindedness was also associated with greater general maternal sensitivity in play and this general parenting sensitivity mediated the effect of mind-mindedness on more sensitive and positive feeding behaviors. Interventions to promote maternal tendency to consider their child's mental states may encourage more adaptive parental feeding behaviors.

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Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Applied Health Research Group
Life & Health Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
Additional Information: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published inFarrow, C., & Blissett, J. (2014). Maternal mind-mindedness during infancy, general parenting sensitivity and observed child feeding behavior: a longitudinal study. Attachment and human development, 16(3), 230-241. Attachment and human development 2014 © Taylor & Francis, available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: breast-feeding,child feeding,feeding behavior,mind-mindedness,sensitive,Psychiatry and Mental health,Developmental and Educational Psychology,Medicine(all)
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2014-03-31
Published Online Date: 2014-03-31
Accepted Date: 2014-02-22
Authors: Farrow, Claire ( 0000-0003-3745-6610)
Blissett, Jackie



Version: Accepted Version

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