Stability of Maternal Socioemotional Investment in Young Children

Robert F. Corwyn, Robert Bradley

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Objective. To investigate the stability of 3 constructs (Sensitivity, Delight, and Acceptance of the Parenting Role) of mothers' socioemotional investment in the young child from 15 months and 36 months postpartum. Design. A sample of 102 mothers participated. Factor structure stability, rank-order stability, and mean-level stability were investigated by confirmatory factor analysis, correlational analysis, and paired t tests, respectively. Results. All 3 domains of maternal investment showed reasonable stability. Each maternal investment measure showed at least a basic test of factorial stability. Both Sensitivity and Delight passed stringent tests of factorial stability, and Acceptance of the Parenting Role contained one item that was less valid at 36 months. There were no mean-level differences across time, and all rank-order stability coefficients were above. 50. Conclusions. The stability observed in maternal socioemotional investment, together with findings showing stability in related aspects of parental beliefs and attitudes, suggests that it may be neither simple nor easy to effect change in parents' attitudes and feelings regarding the child.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-46
Number of pages20
JournalParenting
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2002
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Mothers
Parenting
Postpartum Period
Statistical Factor Analysis
Emotions
acceptance
Parents
factor analysis
parents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

Cite this

Stability of Maternal Socioemotional Investment in Young Children. / Corwyn, Robert F.; Bradley, Robert.

In: Parenting, Vol. 2, No. 1, 01.02.2002, p. 27-46.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{6107f0d67e874bb98546f38d54c0accf,
title = "Stability of Maternal Socioemotional Investment in Young Children",
abstract = "Objective. To investigate the stability of 3 constructs (Sensitivity, Delight, and Acceptance of the Parenting Role) of mothers' socioemotional investment in the young child from 15 months and 36 months postpartum. Design. A sample of 102 mothers participated. Factor structure stability, rank-order stability, and mean-level stability were investigated by confirmatory factor analysis, correlational analysis, and paired t tests, respectively. Results. All 3 domains of maternal investment showed reasonable stability. Each maternal investment measure showed at least a basic test of factorial stability. Both Sensitivity and Delight passed stringent tests of factorial stability, and Acceptance of the Parenting Role contained one item that was less valid at 36 months. There were no mean-level differences across time, and all rank-order stability coefficients were above. 50. Conclusions. The stability observed in maternal socioemotional investment, together with findings showing stability in related aspects of parental beliefs and attitudes, suggests that it may be neither simple nor easy to effect change in parents' attitudes and feelings regarding the child.",
author = "Corwyn, {Robert F.} and Robert Bradley",
year = "2002",
month = "2",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1207/S15327922PAR0201_2",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "2",
pages = "27--46",
journal = "Parenting",
issn = "1529-5192",
publisher = "Psychology Press Ltd",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Stability of Maternal Socioemotional Investment in Young Children

AU - Corwyn, Robert F.

AU - Bradley, Robert

PY - 2002/2/1

Y1 - 2002/2/1

N2 - Objective. To investigate the stability of 3 constructs (Sensitivity, Delight, and Acceptance of the Parenting Role) of mothers' socioemotional investment in the young child from 15 months and 36 months postpartum. Design. A sample of 102 mothers participated. Factor structure stability, rank-order stability, and mean-level stability were investigated by confirmatory factor analysis, correlational analysis, and paired t tests, respectively. Results. All 3 domains of maternal investment showed reasonable stability. Each maternal investment measure showed at least a basic test of factorial stability. Both Sensitivity and Delight passed stringent tests of factorial stability, and Acceptance of the Parenting Role contained one item that was less valid at 36 months. There were no mean-level differences across time, and all rank-order stability coefficients were above. 50. Conclusions. The stability observed in maternal socioemotional investment, together with findings showing stability in related aspects of parental beliefs and attitudes, suggests that it may be neither simple nor easy to effect change in parents' attitudes and feelings regarding the child.

AB - Objective. To investigate the stability of 3 constructs (Sensitivity, Delight, and Acceptance of the Parenting Role) of mothers' socioemotional investment in the young child from 15 months and 36 months postpartum. Design. A sample of 102 mothers participated. Factor structure stability, rank-order stability, and mean-level stability were investigated by confirmatory factor analysis, correlational analysis, and paired t tests, respectively. Results. All 3 domains of maternal investment showed reasonable stability. Each maternal investment measure showed at least a basic test of factorial stability. Both Sensitivity and Delight passed stringent tests of factorial stability, and Acceptance of the Parenting Role contained one item that was less valid at 36 months. There were no mean-level differences across time, and all rank-order stability coefficients were above. 50. Conclusions. The stability observed in maternal socioemotional investment, together with findings showing stability in related aspects of parental beliefs and attitudes, suggests that it may be neither simple nor easy to effect change in parents' attitudes and feelings regarding the child.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=1842749624&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=1842749624&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1207/S15327922PAR0201_2

DO - 10.1207/S15327922PAR0201_2

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:1842749624

VL - 2

SP - 27

EP - 46

JO - Parenting

JF - Parenting

SN - 1529-5192

IS - 1

ER -