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Predisposing factors for elevated restricted and repetitive behavior in typically developing toddlers

Larkin, Fionnuala, Meins, Elizabeth and Leekam, Susan R. ORCID: 2019. Predisposing factors for elevated restricted and repetitive behavior in typically developing toddlers. Infancy 24 (1) , pp. 24-42. 10.1111/infa.12264

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Little is known about the relation between levels of restricted and repetitive behavior (RRB) in infants and parent factors. The present study investigated maternal and psychosocial factors (depressive symptoms, socio‐economic status, social support) and mother–infant engagement factors (mind‐mindedness, sensitivity, and infant–mother attachment security) as predictors of children's RRB at age 26 months in a sample of 206 mothers and children. Maternal depressive symptoms predicted levels of sensory and motor repetitive behavior and rigid, routinized, and ritualistic repetitive behavior. Lower socioeconomic status also predicted independent variance in children's sensory and motor repetitive behavior. The relations between maternal depressive symptoms and both types of RRB were not mediated through observational measures of maternal sensitivity or mind‐mindedness at 8 months, or attachment security at 15 months. The results are discussed in terms of whether stress regulation, self‐stimulation, and genetic susceptibility can help explain the observed link between maternal depressive symptoms and RRB in the child.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1525-0008
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 August 2018
Date of Acceptance: 24 August 2018
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 07:28

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