Differences and similarities between father-infant interaction and mother-infant interaction

Satoshi Yago, Taiko Hirose, Motoko Okamitsu, Yukiko Okabayashi, Kayoko Hiroi, Nozomi Nakagawa, Takahide Omori

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The aim of this study was to compare father-infant interaction with mother-infant interaction, and explore differences and similarities between parents. Related factors for quality of father-infant interaction were also examined. Sixteen pairs of parents with infants aged 0 to 36 months were observed for play interaction between parents and their children. Results suggested no significant differences between parents, but children's interactions were significantly more contingent with fathers than mothers (p =.045). Significant correlations between parents were found in socialemotional growth fostering encouragement for children during interaction (ρ =.73, p =.001). Paternal depressive symptoms were significantly correlated to paternal sensitivity to child's cues (ρ =-.59, p =.017).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-16
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Medical and Dental Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • Father
  • Father infant interaction
  • Marital relationship
  • Paternal behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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Yago, S., Hirose, T., Okamitsu, M., Okabayashi, Y., Hiroi, K., Nakagawa, N., & Omori, T. (2014). Differences and similarities between father-infant interaction and mother-infant interaction. Journal of Medical and Dental Sciences, 61(1), 7-16.