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Maternal interactive behaviour as a predictor of preschoolers' attachment representations among full term and premature samples.
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PMID:  23265254     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Associations between maternal sensitivity and child attachment have been established in many samples, but the strength of the association varies across populations. The sensitivity-attachment link has never been examined at the level of representations nor among premature samples. OBJECTIVE: The present study is aimed at exploring associations between maternal interactive behaviour and children's attachment representations in a population of preterm and full-term infants. METHOD: Maternal interactive behaviour was assessed at 6 and 18months (Ainsworth Sensitivity Scale & Care Index) and children's attachment representations were measured at 42months (Attachment Story Completion Task) in a sample of preterm (N=48) and full-term (N=23) infants. RESULTS: Maternal unresponsiveness at 6months and sensitivity at 18months explained 54% of the variance of disorganized attachment representations in the full-term group but was not significantly related to attachment patterns in the preterm group. CONCLUSION: These results corroborate previous work on the causes of disorganized attachment and also point to the need to consider the development of attachment differently for children evolving in specific developmental contexts. They especially stress the importance of distinguishing between risk factors associated with the mother as opposed to the child.
Raphaële Miljkovitch; Greg Moran; Caroline Roy; Lyne Jaunin; Margarita Forcada-Guex; Blaise Pierrehumbert; Carole Muller-Nix; Ayala Borghini
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Early human development     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-6232     ISO Abbreviation:  Early Hum. Dev.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7708381     Medline TA:  Early Hum Dev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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