An Investigation of Change in the Infant—Caregiver System over the First Week of Life
A combination of the two methods used in the investigation of postnatal adaptation between the infant and its caretaking environment will be described in this chapter: (1) continuous, around-the-clock bassinet monitoring of infant sleep and awake states, obtained while the infant is in the bassinet; and (2) continuous event-recording of an array of both infant and caretaker variables over the complete course of awake periods, including the entire caretaking intervention. In order to make meaningful our use of these methods, some explanation must be given for a study of the postnatal relationship between the infant and the caregiving environment within the concept of adaptation rather that as an investigation of their affiliative behaviors in terms of infant attachment or of parental bonding. The aim is to identify and document biological mechanisms in the interactions that constitute the adaptive process and that underlie these higher order functions.
KeywordsSleep Period Facial Movement Temporal Organization Awake State Infant Sleep
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