Maternal sensitivity during distressing tasks: A unique predictor of attachment security

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Esther M. Leerkes, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The extent to which maternal sensitivity during a non-arousing free play task and during distressing tasks at 6 months predicted infant–mother attachment security was examined. When considered simultaneously, only maternal sensitivity during distressing tasks predicted subsequent attachment security. Infant temperament was unrelated to attachment security.

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Language: English
Date: 2011
Attachment, Maternal sensitivity, Distress, Temperament, Infancy

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