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Capturing the temporal sequence of interaction in young siblings

Perlman, Michal, Lyons-Amos, Mark, Leckie, George, Steele, Fiona and Jenkins, Jennifer (2015) Capturing the temporal sequence of interaction in young siblings. PLOS ONE, 10 (5). e0126353. ISSN 1932-6203

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Identification Number: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126353


We explored whether young children exhibit subtypes of behavioral sequences during sibling interaction. Ten-minute, free-play observations of over 300 sibling dyads were coded for positivity, negativity and disengagement. The data were analyzed using growth mixture modeling (GMM). Younger (18-month-old) children’s temporal behavioral sequences showed a harmonious (53%) and a casual (47%) class. Older (approximately four-year-old) children’s behavior was more differentiated revealing a harmonious (25%), a deteriorating (31%), a recovery (22%) and a casual (22%) class. A more positive maternal affective climate was associated with more positive patterns. Siblings’ sequential behavioral patterns tended to be complementary rather than reciprocal in nature. The study illustrates a novel use of GMM and makes a theoretical contribution by showing that young children exhibit distinct types of temporal behavioral sequences that are related to parenting processes.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: Statistics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2015 13:26
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 02:04
Projects: RES-576-25-00030032
Funders: Canadian Institutes of Health, United Kingdom National Centre for Research Methods, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Atkinson Charitable Foundation, Connaught Global Challenge Fund

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