The relationship between emotional availability of the mother and behavior problems in the child

Authors

  • Yaara Shilo Bar Ilan University
  • Yan Serdtse Schwartz Program, Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Abstract

The aim of this study is to evaluate the relations between emotional availability of the mother during free play and behavioral problems of the child in early childhood. Participants included 30 mothers (mean age 31.67 years, SD=5.18) and their children (mean age 2.9 years, (SD=0.53). The research uses two scales of the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and observations of emotional availability (Biringen 2000). Results revealed that heightened sensitivity and lack of intrusiveness on the part of the mother was related to a reduction in problems on the part of the child. The research increases knowledge regarding the links between emotional availability of the mother and behavioral problems on the part of children. Its results will have implications for intervention programs on the part of therapeutic personnel who come in contact with parents and children.

Author Biographies

Yaara Shilo, Bar Ilan University

Yaara Shilo is head of the undergraduate training program for daycare directors at Efrata College of Education in Jerusalem, where she serves as full-time faculty member in the Early Childhood Department. Her doctoral studies at Bar Ilan University focus on preschool education policy in Israel. She holds a key position in an advocacy initiative to influence government policy on infant and toddler care, and serves as a member in two parliamentary committees: the Rights of the Child and the Education Committee.

Yan Serdtse, Schwartz Program, Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Dr. Yan Sardtse is a psychologist with a Master's degree in Clinical Child Psychology, specializing in Educational Psychology in Sha'ar Hanegev, Israel. Now a Fellow Researcher and Lecturer at the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Yan is a Founding Director of the Sha'ar Hanegev Research and Development Green House.

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Published

2022-05-30

How to Cite

Shilo, Y., & Serdtse, Y. (2022). The relationship between emotional availability of the mother and behavior problems in the child. Hybrid Journal of Psychology, 3(1). Retrieved from https://royalliteglobal.com/psychology/article/view/812

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