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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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RIBAS, Adriana Ferreira Paes  and  MOURA, Maria Lucia Seidl de. Maternal responsiveness: biological aspects and cultural variations. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2007, vol.20, n.3, pp. 368-375. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722007000300004.

The purpose of this article was to critically discuss some biological aspects and cultural variations in maternal responsiveness. It consists of two parts. The first discusses responsiveness and its biological aspects and cultural variations. The second part presents two major research tendencies in the investigations of cultural variations in maternal responsiveness. Our conclusion presents a brief of the critical arguments and highlights the need to recognize that maternal responsiveness is one of the adult-child interaction characteristics that has multiple origins and influences, from which any investigation in this theme must be based on. As a consequence, those initiatives should be included in a wide reference system that involves, for example, biological, contextual, dyads previous history, and cultural variables.

Keywords : Maternal responsiveness; biological aspects; mother-infant interaction; cultural variations.

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