This study evaluates the effect of lullaby and movement practices on maternal behaviours associated with secure attachment in a sample of mother-infant dyads. Specifically, the study tests five dimensions of maternal sensitivity within dyadic interactions; sensitivity, co-operation, availability, acceptance, and connectedness. This comes from the hypothesis that lullaby practices have the potential to evoke a special state and felt connection between the dyad.
Three research methods are used; Massie Campbell (A-D-S) observations; maternal symbolic sandtray analysis; and the Maternal Observation Scales for Evaluating Sensitivity (MOSES) designed by the researcher.
Mothers are white British; of middle socio-economic status; and breastfeeding. Infants are first-born; delivered normally; of both genders; and aged between two and four months.
By the end of the study, results demonstrate a clear improvement in maternal behaviours associated with maternal sensitivity and secure attachment in all dyads. This indicates that the use of lullaby and authentic movement practices within a therapeutic group setting is effective in supporting the early relationship between mother and infant.