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Early interaction

Watch this video. Professor Jane Barlow describes some of the key features of early interaction between the parent and child.

In Week 1 we identified the importance of ‘serve and return’ interactions in terms of the way in which these are characterised by moments of affect (Step 4.18: Glossary) synchrony, rupture and then repair, and we examined the impact of this on the baby’s developing brain, and their attachment.

In this video we examine some of the research by Dr Beatrice Beebe, who has identified the importance of what she termed ‘midrange contingency’, which refers to interaction that is neither too withdrawn, nor too vigilant and intrusive.

We describe some of Beebe’s research, in which she distinguishes between ‘self contingency’, which refers to the way in which the parent adjusts their behaviour in terms of their prior behaviour, and ‘interactive contingency’, which refers to the way in which the behaviours of each member of the dyad influence one another.

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Babies in Mind: Why the Parent's Mind Matters

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