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Infancy predictors of emotional availability in middle childhood: the roles of attachment security and maternal depressive symptomatology.
Attach Hum Dev. 2000 Sep; 2(2):170-87.AH

Abstract

This investigation examined the longitudinal prediction of emotional availability in mother-child interaction during middle childhood from two indicators of socioemotional functioning in infancy: security of infant-mother attachment; and maternal depressive symptoms. Forty-five children and their mothers were seen during infancy: security of attachment was assessed in the laboratory Strange Situation; and mothers completed a self-report of depressive symptoms. At age 7, children were observed with their mothers in a lab playroom. The dyad's emotional availability was assessed during reunion following an hour-long separation. Results demonstrated significant associations between infancy and middle childhood socioemotional organization, both for mothers and for children. Security of attachment in infancy was related to maternal sensitivity and structuring, and to child responsiveness and involvement at age 7. Maternal depressive symptoms in infancy were associated with maternal sensitivity and structuring at age 7. Greatest differentiation was found between infants with secure attachments and those with insecure-disorganized attachments.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155, USA. aeasterb@emerald.tufts.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11707909

Citation

Easterbrooks, M A., et al. "Infancy Predictors of Emotional Availability in Middle Childhood: the Roles of Attachment Security and Maternal Depressive Symptomatology." Attachment & Human Development, vol. 2, no. 2, 2000, pp. 170-87.
Easterbrooks MA, Biesecker G, Lyons-Ruth K. Infancy predictors of emotional availability in middle childhood: the roles of attachment security and maternal depressive symptomatology. Attach Hum Dev. 2000;2(2):170-87.
Easterbrooks, M. A., Biesecker, G., & Lyons-Ruth, K. (2000). Infancy predictors of emotional availability in middle childhood: the roles of attachment security and maternal depressive symptomatology. Attachment & Human Development, 2(2), 170-87.
Easterbrooks MA, Biesecker G, Lyons-Ruth K. Infancy Predictors of Emotional Availability in Middle Childhood: the Roles of Attachment Security and Maternal Depressive Symptomatology. Attach Hum Dev. 2000;2(2):170-87. PubMed PMID: 11707909.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Infancy predictors of emotional availability in middle childhood: the roles of attachment security and maternal depressive symptomatology. AU - Easterbrooks,M A, AU - Biesecker,G, AU - Lyons-Ruth,K, PY - 2001/11/16/pubmed PY - 2002/1/5/medline PY - 2001/11/16/entrez SP - 170 EP - 87 JF - Attachment & human development JO - Attach Hum Dev VL - 2 IS - 2 N2 - This investigation examined the longitudinal prediction of emotional availability in mother-child interaction during middle childhood from two indicators of socioemotional functioning in infancy: security of infant-mother attachment; and maternal depressive symptoms. Forty-five children and their mothers were seen during infancy: security of attachment was assessed in the laboratory Strange Situation; and mothers completed a self-report of depressive symptoms. At age 7, children were observed with their mothers in a lab playroom. The dyad's emotional availability was assessed during reunion following an hour-long separation. Results demonstrated significant associations between infancy and middle childhood socioemotional organization, both for mothers and for children. Security of attachment in infancy was related to maternal sensitivity and structuring, and to child responsiveness and involvement at age 7. Maternal depressive symptoms in infancy were associated with maternal sensitivity and structuring at age 7. Greatest differentiation was found between infants with secure attachments and those with insecure-disorganized attachments. SN - 1461-6734 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11707909/Infancy_predictors_of_emotional_availability_in_middle_childhood:_the_roles_of_attachment_security_and_maternal_depressive_symptomatology_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14616730050085545 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -