maternal behavior

maternal behavior

[mə‚tərn·əl bi′hāv·yər]
(psychology)
The pattern of care given an offspring by its mother.
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Maternal access to care, maternal behavior and experience, and maternal agency indices were constructed to understand how these specific maternal dimensions may affect a child's risk of diarrhea.
Male influence on maternal behavior and offspring of captive Volcano mice (Neotomodon alstoni) from Mexico.
Among other projects are a twin study to tease out the nongenetic family background contributions to depression and a mouse study of how changes in maternal behavior associated with a genetic modification may be passed to offspring that do not possess the modification.
Hennessy (French, Missouri Western State U.) explores new territory in this study of Zola's maternal figures by arguing that Zola's overt goal of depicting reality is often accompanied by narration that casts doubt upon maternal behavior. She begins by addressing a paradox in the Rougon-Macquart series: the fact that very few of the many mothers in the 20 novels are protagonists and that fewer still speak their minds.
Although some solitary species feed their spiderlings by regurgitation, this maternal behavior is considered the first step in the subsocial pathway to social life in spiders (Foelix 1996).
By staying attuned to repetition of family patterns from one generation to the next, Harlan offers a fresh interpretation of Sand's renowned maternal behavior toward her lovers by suggesting a kind of role reversal from a woman who "craved the love she had never received from her mother" (182).
Her grandmother (Yatsuko Tanami), mother (Midori Kiuchi) and renegade sister, Midoriko (Erica Okuda), to varying extents indulge Fuyuko's strange maternal behavior. But her husband, Toru (Hidetoshi Nishijima, "Dolls"), is less understanding.
The second edition includes new research, a new glossary and new sections on non-hormonal direct genetic effects on sexual differentiation, and hormones and maternal behavior.
This secondary analysis of De Wolff and van IJzendoorn's (1997) meta-analysis of maternal behavior and attachment reexamined their conclusion that sensitivity was not a preferred predictor of attachment security.
In a similar test of maternal behavior, the researchers let insects do the pollen delivery.
The researchers failed to find a relationship between maternal behavior and the children's recall of the information.
While it is always difficult to uncover evidence on maternal behavior, medical writers did open a window on women's attitudes in discussing what they saw as the common practices of the day, and then approving or disapproving of them.

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