Mother-neonate interactions: reliability of measures
Unruh, Misti (2011). Mother-Neonate Interactions: Reliability of Measures. -- In Proceedings: 7th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 152-153
The purpose of this study was to assess the reliability of coding mother-neonate interactions. Two coders independently examined videos of two mother-neonate dyads and coded five interactions: mother looking at neonate's face, mother smiling at neonate, mother joggling neonate, mother talking to neonate, and mother touching neonate. High inter-rater reliability was predicted for the first three interactions, which were presumed easy to identify and measure. Reliability analysis of 1,427 interactions revealed that the two coders agreed less than would be expected by chance alone. This suggests that the process was highly dependent on the individual coders. Reevaluating current coding methods will be essential to develop meaningful standards for reliable coding, which in turn should help us better understand mother-neonate bonding.
Paper presented to the 7th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, May 4, 2011.
Research completed at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and School of Nursing