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Transmission of attachment across three generations: Continuity and reversal.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20603422     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We followed a normative Finnish sample of primiparous mothers, fathers, and maternal grandmothers from pregnancy until the child was 3 years old (N = 32 families). The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) was used to assess attachment in mothers, fathers and grandmothers during the last trimester of the mother's pregnancy. The Preschool Assessment of Attachment (PAA) was used to assess attachment in children at 3 years. Forty-seven percent of the 32 grandmother-mother-infant triads had the corresponding attachment classifications. Using EXACON for the analysis of single cells of 3 x 3 contingency tables with type-antitype classifications, and frequency tabulation of the major three-generation combinations, both triads indicating continuity across three generations (B/B/B 22% and A/A/A 19%) and reversal reactions (A/C/A and C/A/C 22%) were found. The results indicated continuity across three generations for Type B and for Type A and alternations from A to C and vice versa for insecure attachment. We discuss the implications of these findings for theory development and clinical work.
Airi Hautamäki; Laura Hautamäki; Leena Neuvonen; Sinikka Maliniemi-Piispanen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical child psychology and psychiatry     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1461-7021     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-06     Completed Date:  2010-10-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9604507     Medline TA:  Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  347-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Father-Child Relations
Infant, Newborn
Intergenerational Relations*
Longitudinal Studies
Marriage / psychology
Models, Psychological
Mother-Child Relations
Object Attachment*
Parenting / psychology
Personality Assessment
Reactive Attachment Disorder / classification,  diagnosis,  psychology*

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