Predictors of diagnosis of child psychiatric disorder in adult–infant social-communicative interaction at 12 months

Helen Marwick, Orla Doolan, Clare Allely, Alex McConnachie, Paul Johnson, Christine Puckering, Jean Golding, Christopher Gillberg, Philip Wilson

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To establish which social interactive behaviours predict later psychiatric diagnosis, we examined 180 videos of a parent-infant interaction when children were aged one year, from within the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) cohort. Sixty of the videos involved infants who were later diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder at seven years, and 120 were a randomly selected sex-matched control group. Interactive behaviours for both the caregiver and the one year old infant were coded from the videos according to eight holistic categories of interpersonal engagement: Well-being, Contingent Responsiveness, Cooperativeness, Involvement, Activity, Playfulness, Fussiness, and Speech. Lower levels of adult activity and speech in interaction at one year significantly predicted overall diagnosis of child psychiatric disorder.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562–572
Number of pages11
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


  • parent-infant interactions
  • disruptive behaviour disorders
  • depression
  • ADHD
  • developmental

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