Maternal secure base support and preschoolers' secure base behavior in natural environments

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dc.contributor.author Kaloustian, Garene
dc.contributor.author Posada, German
dc.contributor.author Richmond, Melissa K.
dc.contributor.author Moreno, Amanda J.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-11T10:04:58Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-11T10:04:58Z
dc.date.copyright 2007
dc.date.issued 2016-04-11
dc.identifier.issn 1461-6734 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/3525
dc.description.abstract Bowlby and Ainsworth's theory of attachment poses that concurrent caregiving behavior is a key factor in influencing and maintaining a child's organization of secure-base behavior, and ultimately, security throughout childhood. Empirical demonstrations of the relation between the constructs after infancy are relatively scant and research is needed to examine the relation between the variables across a wide range of contexts, over longer observational periods, and in developmentally appropriate ways. Two studies of preschoolers and their mothers were conducted in naturalistic settings. Fifty child-mother middle-class dyads, predominantly Caucasian, participated in Study 1 and 40 in Study 2. The mean age for children was 52 months (Study 1) and 36 months (Study 2). In Study 1, a home and a playground visits were conducted. In Study 2, two home and a playground visits were conducted. Observers used the Maternal Behavior for Preschoolers Q-Set to provide age-relevant descriptions of maternal behavior, and the Attachment Q-Set to provide descriptions of child behavior. Overall, findings indicated that maternal secure base support was significantly related to the organization of child secure base behavior (r = .31 and .49 for Study 1 and Study 2, respectively). Results are discussed in terms of the importance of specifying caregiving domains and contexts of assessments, and their implications for attachment theory. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Maternal secure base support and preschoolers' secure base behavior in natural environments en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200804676 en_US
dc.author.woa N/A en_US
dc.author.department Education en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Attachment & Human Development en_US
dc.journal.volume 9 en_US
dc.journal.issue 4 en_US
dc.article.pages 393-411 en_US
dc.keywords Attachment security en_US
dc.keywords Child – mother attachment relationships en_US
dc.keywords Maternal care en_US
dc.keywords Secure base behavior en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616730701712316 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Posada, G., Kaloustian, G., Richmond, M. K., & Moreno, A. J. (2007). Maternal secure base support and preschoolers' secure base behavior in natural environments. Attachment & Human Development, 9(4), 393-411. en_US
dc.author.email garene.kaloustian@lau.edu.lb
dc.identifier.url http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14616730701712316

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