Volume 6

2013-14, First Issue

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A new coding system: The Neuropsychomotor Video Analysis of parent and child interaction (NVA)

Margherita Moioli, Cristina Riva Crugnola, Elena Ierardi, Simona Gazzotti, Mauro Walder, Lorena Caiati, Elisabetta Costantino, Laura Boati & Alessandro Albizzati

Abstract

The study investigated the validity of a Neuropsychomotor Video Analysis of parent and child interaction (NVA), a new observational coding system for parent-child interactions. 73 mother-infant interactions were video-recorded and codified with NVA and with Care-Index to verify the instrument validity. Convergent validity was supported by significantly positive correlations between the NVA and the Care-Index categories. Moreover, analysis indicated correlations between NVA mother’s codes and NVA infant’s codes. These results suggest that the NVA has the potential to be a valuable rating system for assessing parent–child relationships.

Keywords:

Parent-infant interactions, neuropsychomotor development, parent sensitivity.

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