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Infant Behav Dev. 2009 Jan;32(1):132-6. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2008.09.006. Epub 2008 Nov 11.

Validation of a short version of the maternal behavior Q-set applied to a brief video record of mother-infant interaction.

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  • 1Ecole de psychologie, Groupe de recherche sur l'inadaptation psychosociale chez l'enfant, UniversitĂ© Laval, QuĂ©bec, Canada. George.Tarabulsy@psy.ulaval.ca


A 25 item version of the maternal behavior Q-set (MBQS) was validated with 40 adolescent mother-infant dyads. Observations were made from 10 min play interactions when infants were 10 months old. Results show that the short MBQS is reliable (r(i)=.94), is related to assessments using the full MBQS at 6 months (r=.35), to cognitive development at 10 and 15 months (r=.48), and attachment security at 15 months (r=.34), indicating appropriate psychometric characteristics.

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