Implications of Mother-Infant Dyadic Regulation for Emotion Self-Regulatory Development across Infancy

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Backer, Penina Miriam
Graduate Program:
Human Development and Family Studies
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
December 09, 2016
Committee Members:
  • Cynthia Stifter, Thesis Advisor
  • Gregory Fosco, Committee Member
  • Timothy Brick, Committee Member
  • dyadic regulation
  • emotion regulation
  • infant-caregiver interaction
  • infant development
Dyadic emotion regulation refers to the joint modulation of affective rhythms across time, as two interactive partners dynamically respond to each other. Infants rely on dyadic regulation with caregivers to supplement their nascent regulatory capacities and to promote the development of increasingly mature self-regulation. The present study explored typologies of dyadic infant-caregiver regulation after a distressing inoculation procedure. Cluster analysis uncovered unique types of dyadic trajectories at 2 and 6 months, which reflected the extent to which mothers and infants worked successfully as a team to reduce the infant's distress. Membership in dyadic clusters predicted some indices of subsequent infant self-regulation.