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The Baby Care Questionnaire: A measure of parenting principles and practices during infancy

Winstanley, Alice and Gattis, Merideth Leigh ORCID: 2013. The Baby Care Questionnaire: A measure of parenting principles and practices during infancy. Infant Behavior and Development 36 (4) , pp. 762-775. 10.1016/j.infbeh.2013.08.004

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The current report provides a new framework to explore the role of parenting practices andprinciples during infancy. We identify structure and attunement as key parenting princi-ples during infancy. Structure represents reliance on regularity and routines in daily life.Attunement represents reliance on infant cues and close physical contact. We suggest par-ents’ relative endorsement of these parenting principles is related to their choices aboutpractices such as feeding, holding and night-time sleeping. We designed the Baby CareQuestionnaire to measure parents’ endorsement of structure and attunement, as well astheir daily parenting practices. We report data demonstrating the factor structure, reliabil-ity and validity of the BCQ. The BCQ, to our knowledge, is the first comprehensive measure ofparenting practices and principles during infancy. We conclude with a discussion of futuredirections for the measure.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0163-6383
Funders: Wellcome Trust
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 1 August 2013
Last Modified: 09 May 2023 01:51

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