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PEREIRA, Sara; COSTA, Raquel; TOJAL, Catarina  and  TENDAIS, Iva. Early interactions: A comparative study between mothers and fathers. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.70, n.1, pp. 98-109. ISSN 1809-5267.

BACKGROUND: the quality of mother/father-infant interaction is a key determinant of child development. AIM: to describe and compare the patterns of mother-infant interaction and father-infant interaction. METHODS: at 2 and 6 months after childbirth face to face interactions records between mother and infant and between father and infant were conducted. RESULTS: the quality of the mother´s behavior is significantly more adequate than the father´s behavior in the interaction at 6 months after birth. CONCLUSION: to be attentive not only to the quality of mother-infant interaction but also to the quality of father-infant is crucial to enhance child developmental outcomes

Keywords : Mother [father-infant interaction]; Child development.

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