Journal article

A photographic survey of lateral cradling preferences in Black and White women

M Saling, R Abrams, H Chesler

South African Journal of Psychology | Published : 1983


The lateral cradling biases of Black and White women were examined by surveying photographs of women holding infants. The photographs were taken from a number of Black- and White-orientated popular periodicals. A systematic leftward bias in cradling was found in both Black and White women, suggesting that left-sided cradling is a universal maternal behaviour. The results were discussed in terms of their significance for a biogenetic model of the lateral cradling bias. © 1983, South African Psychological Association and the Psychological Institute of the Republic of South Africa. All rights reserved.

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