Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
On-line version ISSN 1678-7153
LORDELO, Eulina da Rocha; FONSECA, Ana Lúcia and ARAUJO, Mariana Lamêgo V.B. de. Responsiveness of the development environment: beliefs and practices as a cultural system of nurturing children. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2000, vol.13, n.1, pp. 73-80. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722000000100009.
This paper investigated the domestic environment in terms of maternal responsiveness to the childs demands related to attitudes related to maternity and to the child. Forty-five middle class and slum-dwellers mothers and their children were interviewed at home. Questions about maternity and child- care practices were asked. A questionnaire to investigate attitudes related to maternity and to the childs autonomy was also used. Analysis included the construction of a responsiveness score and the use of the answers to the questionnaires to form two scales. The results showed little difference in the degree of maternal satisfaction but there were large differences concerning the childs autonomy, related to place of living and educational level of the mother. The results suggested an articulation between child care practices, cultural systems, and their implications for child development.
Keywords : Responsiveness; developmental environment; maternal styles; maternal attitudes.