In most families, mothers contribute substantially to the new infant's emotional environment and development. Because such mother–infant interaction is crucial, a mother's emotional context is very relevant to infant development. This article in New Perspectives in Early Emotional Development addresses the relationships that a mother requires to regulate her maternal or parental capacities, which enable the infant to develop appropriately.
- Received August 2, 1998.
- Accepted September 29, 1998.
- Copyright © 1998 American Academy of Pediatrics