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J Korean Acad Child Health Nurs. 2011 Apr;17(2):120-126. Korean. Original Article.
Park SH , Bang KS .
College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore the concept of Mother-Child Interaction (MCI). METHODS: The concept analysis method described by Walker & Avant (2005) was used. RESULTS: The attributes of MCI were as follows; 1) MCI involves positive or negative affective and verbal communication. 2) MCI involves mother, child, and dyadic activity. 3) MCI involves sensitivity, responsiveness, and child developmental stimulation. 4) MCI is reciprocal, goal-oriented partnership process. The antecedents of MCI are need for goal attainment, relationship, and child development (cognitive, physical, emotional, and social). The consequences of MCI are goal attainment, promotion of mother-child relationship, and promotion of child development. CONCLUSION: MCI is a reciprocal, goal-oriented partnership process and is an important concept in child development and health. Appropriate instruments to operationalize the concept need to be developed.

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