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A study on father, mother and baby dyadic and triadic interactions: achievements and limitations for egalitarian parental care practice

Grant number: 15/24335-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2016
Effective date (End): September 30, 2018
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Human Development Psychology
Principal researcher:Isabel Cristina Gomes
Grantee:Carine Valéria Mendes dos Santos
Home Institution: Instituto de Psicologia (IP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):17/20673-0 - A study on the application of the Bick Method of infant observation in triadic interactions between father-mother-baby, BE.EP.DR


Literature review on psychological development in early childhood shows particular emphasis on dyadic relations between mother and baby. However, some researchers have been also devoted to study relations between father, mother and baby and their psycho-affective interactions as a triad. These studies became relevant because they made possible to break up stereotypes which defined rigorously e dichotomously how care should be undertaken by mothers and fathers. Thus, the emergence of parental care based on shared responsibilities in contemporary families has performed new relational dynamics that worth investigation. The present study aims to analyse dyadic and triadic interactions between the baby's sixth and ninth months old. The following aspects will be analysed: triadic interactions, associations between observations and current literature on new family configurations, and social, economic and demographical factors related to São Paulo and Maceió, the cities where the selected families live. To achieve this purpose, the psychoanalytic observational method of mother-baby relationship (or Esther Bick Method) will be adapted to triadic interactions. The method is composed of daily observations of two father-mother-baby triads and will be complemented by interviews performed with fathers and mothers and.

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CARINE VALÉRIA MENDES DOS SANTOS; NATHALIA TEIXEIRA CALDAS CAMPANA; ISABEL CRISTINA GOMES. Cuidado Parental Igualitário: revisão de literatura e construção conceitual. Psicologia : Teoria e Pesquisa, v. 35, . (15/03045-0, 15/24335-7)
Academic Publications
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SANTOS, Carine Valéria Mendes dos. Egalitarian parental care repercussions on the construction of a triadic father-mother-baby interaction model. 2018. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Instituto de Psicologia (IP/SBD) São Paulo.

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