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The providing of loving care and attention.

nur′tur·ant adj.


(Psychology) psychol relating to the fact of taking care of or nurturing, or the ability to do so, in both a physical and emotional manner
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Adj.1.nurturant - providing physical and emotional care and nourishment
compassionate - showing or having compassion; "heard the soft and compassionate voices of women"
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How parents were treated by their parents and how their parents interact with each other predicts how nurturant parents will be with their own infant and with their own marital relationship.
In particular, in order to receive higher ratings from s tudents, women are advised to "appear nurturant and expressive, but not too much so" and that "smiling and eye contact (are) particularly important for women, especially with male students" (p.
Nontraditional men were found to be more nurturant, altruistic, emotionally sensitive, and noncompetitive (Lemkau, 1984; Robinson, 1985-1986).
The Primary Mental Health Project[33] is one example of a program that uses paraprofessional and nonprofessional staff in providing nurturant and supportive time to at-risk elementary youth that has been shown to have powerful outcomes over the short-term and long-term for participating youth.
Here--as organizational development and management consultants emphasize--inquisitiveness and innovativeness, flexibility and creativity, teamwork, and more stereotypically "feminine" nurturant or facilitative management styles get the best results.
Lorraine Code, as an epistemologist, describes this relationship in terms of its importance to learning: "recognizing nurturant others, learning what she or he can expect of them, comprises the very earliest infant learning" (Code 1998, 218).
Finally, it was found that mothers who valued financial success for their teenagers were less nurturant and lived in less advantaged socio-economic circumstances themselves.
She flattered and cultivated the local police force so diligently that even as they were digging up bodies in her back yard, they agreed to let her go and 'calm her nerves' in a nearby bar "so utterly nurturant and harmless did she seem.
abolishing norms that require more than full-time work, abolishing training that only enhances status, and placing more value on the personal, emotional, egalitarian, and nurturant (p.
Because no statistical data were available on nurturance, her judgment was used initially to determine what characteristics were predictive of a nurturant style and the values to be assigned.
In the semen-ingesting rites, by contrast, the novices were identified with women as sexual partners through their passive intake of semen, while the male initiators were equated with breast-feeding nurturant mothers through their capacity to induce growth in their junior partners through the provision of semen.