Maternal Mind-Mindedness and Children's Behavioral Difficulties: Mitigating the Impact of Low Socio-Economic Status

Elizabeth Meins , Luna Munoz Centifanti , Charles Fernyhough, Sarah Fishburn

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    Abstract

    Relations between mothers’ tendency to comment appropriately on their 8-month-olds’ internal states (mind-mindedness) and children’s behavioral difficulties (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) at ages 44 and 61 months were investigated in a socially diverse sample (N = 171, 88 boys). Controlling for maternal depressive symptoms, perceived social support, sensitivity, child language ability, and child gender, maternal mind-mindedness was negatively related to children’s externalizing and internalizing behaviors specifically in low socioeconomic status (SES) families. Furthermore, behavioral difficulties at age 44 months mediated the relation between maternal mind-mindedness and behavioral difficulties at age 61 months, but only for low SES families. These findings are discussed with reference to possible ways in which mind-mindedness could inform interventions targeted at at-risk groups.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number41
    Pages (from-to)543-553
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
    Volume41
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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