The Imperative Biological Based Maternal Sensitivity & Maternal Drive's Role in Childhood Development
The biological mother's Maternally Driven, Maternal Sensitivity provides the intuitive connection of the Mother-Infant Dyad connection. The maternal drive provides the prenatal and postnatal foundational relationship that nurtures, teaches, provides the safety and comfort in this close proximity of the mother-infant-dyad. All of the infant's future potential is carefully nurtured during this serious and delicate time of the infant nurturing will be reflected by the child's future personality and self awareness grows out of this maternal bond. The seriousness of the infant-mother connection can not be obstructed by substitute caregivers or future consequences of a compromised child development will result. All focus, social support and safe environment Promotion of the mother-child dyad is necessary for present and future psychological health, and prosperity of the biological mother and her infant depend on a cohesive and nurturing well-being.
The future of the biological child's development is dependent on the biological mother's maternal sensitivity bond for survival.
The newborn child deprived of the maternal bond's maternal sensitivity is obvious detrimental to the adopted child's development, lack of nurturing and maternal depravity.
- The mother and child are alone. Observation of the use of the mother as a secure base, who fosters exploratory behavior and independence.
- A stranger enters the room, which shows the effects of stranger anxiety.
- The mother leaves the child, which shows the effects of separation anxiety. The strange tries to comfort the child, which tests the effects of stranger anxiety.
- The mother returns and the stranger leaves. Observation of reunion behavior.
- The parent leaves and the child once more; separation anxiety is tested for.
- The stranger returns and tries to comfort the infant; stranger anxiety is tested for.
- The parent returns and the stranger leaves. Once more, observation of reunion behavior.
Mother–infant synchrony and maternal mind-mindedness
Role of maternal sensitivity in infant development
Health in childhood
Temperament in childhood
Development in childhood
- secure attachment (observed at 15 months) and maternal sensitivity (observed at 24 months) produced the highest competencies in three-year-old children,
- the least competent children would have a history of insecure attachment and maternal insensitivity,
- and the children reared with mixed or inconsistency would fall in between.
Cognition in childhood
Socialization in childhood
Difference in maternal sensitivity in adult and teen mothers
Ainsworth's Maternal Sensitivity Scale (AMSS)
- Sensitivity vs. insensitivity to signals: This scale measures the how well the maternal figure is able to perceive and correctly interpret the what the baby is giving signs of or signalling through behaviour and how appropriately the maternal figure is able to respond to them. The scale ranges from highly sensitive to highly insensitive.
- Cooperation vs. interference with ongoing behavior: This scale measures how badly the maternal figure's timing of tasks interrupt the baby's own activities rather than with consideration to the baby's mood and interest. The scale ranges from conspicuously cooperative to highly interfering.
- Acceptance vs. rejection of infant's needs: This scale measures the maternal figure's good and bad feelings towards her baby. The scale ranges from highly accepting to highly rejecting.
- Accessibility vs ignoring: This scale measures the maternal figure's accessibility and responsiveness to the baby. The scale ranges from highly accessible to highly inaccessible, ignoring or neglecting.