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Predisposing Factors for Elevated Restricted and Repetitive Behavior in Typically Developing Toddlers

Larkin, Fionnuala ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3838-9165, Meins, Elizabeth and Leekam, Susan R (2019) Predisposing Factors for Elevated Restricted and Repetitive Behavior in Typically Developing Toddlers. Infancy, 24 (1). pp. 24-42.

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Little is known about the relation between levels of restricted and repetitive behavior 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
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/infa.12264
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF712-724.85 Developmental psychology
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3884

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