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Maternal scaffolding of attention between 5 and 8 months.

Studied infants' abilities to focus attention on objects and mothers' behaviors mobilizing the attention of their child in 30 dyads at 5 and 8 mo of age. It was hypothesized that at the younger age infants would need their mothers' scaffolding to explore their environment and that the frequency of mothers' encouragements at that age would be related to their attentional capacities at 8 mo; at this later age, mother's and infant's behaviors would no more be correlated. Dyads were observed in their homes. Data concerning both the total frequency of the target behaviors and the length of individual occurrences strongly confirmed the hypotheses. They imply that, in the mother, attention getting should be distinguished from attention holding. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)