Maternal sensitivity during the first 31/2 years of life predicts electrophysiological responding to and cognitive appraisals of infant crying at midlife

Jodi Martin, Jacob E. Anderson, Ashley M. Groh, Theo Waters, Ethan Young, William F. Johnson, Jessica L. Shankman, Jami Eller, Cory Fleck, Ryan D. Steele, Elizabeth A. Carlson, Jeffry A. Simpson, Glenn I. Roisman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

This study examined the predictive significance of maternal sensitivity in early childhood for electrophysiological responding to and cognitive appraisals of infant crying at midlife in a sample of 73 adults (age = 39 years; 43 females; 58 parents) from the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation. When listening to an infant crying, both parents and nonparents who had experienced higher levels of maternal sensitivity in early childhood (between 3 and 42 months of age) exhibited larger changes from rest toward greater relative left (vs. right) frontal EEG activation, reflecting an approach-oriented response to distress. Parents who had experienced greater maternal sensitivity in early childhood also made fewer negative causal attributions about the infant's crying; the association between sensitivity and attributions for infant crying was nonsignificant for nonparents. The current findings demonstrate that experiencing maternal sensitivity during the first 31/2 years of life has long-term predictive significance for adults' processing of infant distress signals more than three decades later.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1917-1927
Number of pages11
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Volume54
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

Fingerprint

Crying
infant
Mothers
parents
Parents
childhood
attribution
activation
Longitudinal Studies
Electroencephalography
longitudinal study

Keywords

  • Childhood development
  • Cognitive appraisal
  • Electrophysiology
  • Infant distress
  • Parental sensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

Cite this

Maternal sensitivity during the first 31/2 years of life predicts electrophysiological responding to and cognitive appraisals of infant crying at midlife. / Martin, Jodi; Anderson, Jacob E.; Groh, Ashley M.; Waters, Theo; Young, Ethan; Johnson, William F.; Shankman, Jessica L.; Eller, Jami; Fleck, Cory; Steele, Ryan D.; Carlson, Elizabeth A.; Simpson, Jeffry A.; Roisman, Glenn I.

In: Developmental Psychology, Vol. 54, No. 10, 01.10.2018, p. 1917-1927.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Martin, J, Anderson, JE, Groh, AM, Waters, T, Young, E, Johnson, WF, Shankman, JL, Eller, J, Fleck, C, Steele, RD, Carlson, EA, Simpson, JA & Roisman, GI 2018, 'Maternal sensitivity during the first 31/2 years of life predicts electrophysiological responding to and cognitive appraisals of infant crying at midlife', Developmental Psychology, vol. 54, no. 10, pp. 1917-1927. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000579
Martin, Jodi ; Anderson, Jacob E. ; Groh, Ashley M. ; Waters, Theo ; Young, Ethan ; Johnson, William F. ; Shankman, Jessica L. ; Eller, Jami ; Fleck, Cory ; Steele, Ryan D. ; Carlson, Elizabeth A. ; Simpson, Jeffry A. ; Roisman, Glenn I. / Maternal sensitivity during the first 31/2 years of life predicts electrophysiological responding to and cognitive appraisals of infant crying at midlife. In: Developmental Psychology. 2018 ; Vol. 54, No. 10. pp. 1917-1927.
@article{09d790480d9846cb85c86cd252095a90,
title = "Maternal sensitivity during the first 31/2 years of life predicts electrophysiological responding to and cognitive appraisals of infant crying at midlife",
abstract = "This study examined the predictive significance of maternal sensitivity in early childhood for electrophysiological responding to and cognitive appraisals of infant crying at midlife in a sample of 73 adults (age = 39 years; 43 females; 58 parents) from the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation. When listening to an infant crying, both parents and nonparents who had experienced higher levels of maternal sensitivity in early childhood (between 3 and 42 months of age) exhibited larger changes from rest toward greater relative left (vs. right) frontal EEG activation, reflecting an approach-oriented response to distress. Parents who had experienced greater maternal sensitivity in early childhood also made fewer negative causal attributions about the infant's crying; the association between sensitivity and attributions for infant crying was nonsignificant for nonparents. The current findings demonstrate that experiencing maternal sensitivity during the first 31/2 years of life has long-term predictive significance for adults' processing of infant distress signals more than three decades later.",
keywords = "Childhood development, Cognitive appraisal, Electrophysiology, Infant distress, Parental sensitivity",
author = "Jodi Martin and Anderson, {Jacob E.} and Groh, {Ashley M.} and Theo Waters and Ethan Young and Johnson, {William F.} and Shankman, {Jessica L.} and Jami Eller and Cory Fleck and Steele, {Ryan D.} and Carlson, {Elizabeth A.} and Simpson, {Jeffry A.} and Roisman, {Glenn I.}",
year = "2018",
month = "10",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1037/dev0000579",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "54",
pages = "1917--1927",
journal = "Developmental Psychology",
issn = "0012-1649",
publisher = "American Psychological Association Inc.",
number = "10",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Maternal sensitivity during the first 31/2 years of life predicts electrophysiological responding to and cognitive appraisals of infant crying at midlife

AU - Martin, Jodi

AU - Anderson, Jacob E.

AU - Groh, Ashley M.

AU - Waters, Theo

AU - Young, Ethan

AU - Johnson, William F.

AU - Shankman, Jessica L.

AU - Eller, Jami

AU - Fleck, Cory

AU - Steele, Ryan D.

AU - Carlson, Elizabeth A.

AU - Simpson, Jeffry A.

AU - Roisman, Glenn I.

PY - 2018/10/1

Y1 - 2018/10/1

N2 - This study examined the predictive significance of maternal sensitivity in early childhood for electrophysiological responding to and cognitive appraisals of infant crying at midlife in a sample of 73 adults (age = 39 years; 43 females; 58 parents) from the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation. When listening to an infant crying, both parents and nonparents who had experienced higher levels of maternal sensitivity in early childhood (between 3 and 42 months of age) exhibited larger changes from rest toward greater relative left (vs. right) frontal EEG activation, reflecting an approach-oriented response to distress. Parents who had experienced greater maternal sensitivity in early childhood also made fewer negative causal attributions about the infant's crying; the association between sensitivity and attributions for infant crying was nonsignificant for nonparents. The current findings demonstrate that experiencing maternal sensitivity during the first 31/2 years of life has long-term predictive significance for adults' processing of infant distress signals more than three decades later.

AB - This study examined the predictive significance of maternal sensitivity in early childhood for electrophysiological responding to and cognitive appraisals of infant crying at midlife in a sample of 73 adults (age = 39 years; 43 females; 58 parents) from the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation. When listening to an infant crying, both parents and nonparents who had experienced higher levels of maternal sensitivity in early childhood (between 3 and 42 months of age) exhibited larger changes from rest toward greater relative left (vs. right) frontal EEG activation, reflecting an approach-oriented response to distress. Parents who had experienced greater maternal sensitivity in early childhood also made fewer negative causal attributions about the infant's crying; the association between sensitivity and attributions for infant crying was nonsignificant for nonparents. The current findings demonstrate that experiencing maternal sensitivity during the first 31/2 years of life has long-term predictive significance for adults' processing of infant distress signals more than three decades later.

KW - Childhood development

KW - Cognitive appraisal

KW - Electrophysiology

KW - Infant distress

KW - Parental sensitivity

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85053686977&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85053686977&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1037/dev0000579

DO - 10.1037/dev0000579

M3 - Article

VL - 54

SP - 1917

EP - 1927

JO - Developmental Psychology

JF - Developmental Psychology

SN - 0012-1649

IS - 10

ER -