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Through Colombian lenses: ethnographic and conventional analyses of maternal care and their associations with secure base behavior.
Dev Psychol. 2004 Jul; 40(4):508-18.DP

Abstract

According to attachment theory, the quality of care plays a key role in the organization of infants' secure base behavior across contexts and cultures. Yet information about attachment relationships in a variety of cultures is scarce, and questions remain as to whether Ainsworth's conceptualization of early care quality (sensitivity; M. D. S. Ainsworth, M. C. Blehar, E. Waters, & S. Wall, 1978) is appropriate for characterizing caregiving behavior in different groups and whether culturally specific descriptions of early care are related to conventional measures of maternal sensitivity and to infants' security. In this naturalistic study of mother-infant interactions in Colombia, scores on different domains of maternal care were obtained through ethnographic methodology, and conventional Q-sort scores for maternal and infant behavior were obtained. Findings are discussed in terms of the cross-cultural generality of the sensitivity construct and the sensitivity-security link and of the relevance of naturalistic open-ended studies in different contexts.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1267, USA. posadag@purdue.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15238039

Citation

Posada, German, et al. "Through Colombian Lenses: Ethnographic and Conventional Analyses of Maternal Care and Their Associations With Secure Base Behavior." Developmental Psychology, vol. 40, no. 4, 2004, pp. 508-18.
Posada G, Carbonell OA, Alzate G, et al. Through Colombian lenses: ethnographic and conventional analyses of maternal care and their associations with secure base behavior. Dev Psychol. 2004;40(4):508-18.
Posada, G., Carbonell, O. A., Alzate, G., & Plata, S. J. (2004). Through Colombian lenses: ethnographic and conventional analyses of maternal care and their associations with secure base behavior. Developmental Psychology, 40(4), 508-18.
Posada G, et al. Through Colombian Lenses: Ethnographic and Conventional Analyses of Maternal Care and Their Associations With Secure Base Behavior. Dev Psychol. 2004;40(4):508-18. PubMed PMID: 15238039.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Through Colombian lenses: ethnographic and conventional analyses of maternal care and their associations with secure base behavior. AU - Posada,German, AU - Carbonell,Olga A, AU - Alzate,Gloria, AU - Plata,Sandra J, PY - 2004/7/9/pubmed PY - 2004/10/20/medline PY - 2004/7/9/entrez SP - 508 EP - 18 JF - Developmental psychology JO - Dev Psychol VL - 40 IS - 4 N2 - According to attachment theory, the quality of care plays a key role in the organization of infants' secure base behavior across contexts and cultures. Yet information about attachment relationships in a variety of cultures is scarce, and questions remain as to whether Ainsworth's conceptualization of early care quality (sensitivity; M. D. S. Ainsworth, M. C. Blehar, E. Waters, & S. Wall, 1978) is appropriate for characterizing caregiving behavior in different groups and whether culturally specific descriptions of early care are related to conventional measures of maternal sensitivity and to infants' security. In this naturalistic study of mother-infant interactions in Colombia, scores on different domains of maternal care were obtained through ethnographic methodology, and conventional Q-sort scores for maternal and infant behavior were obtained. Findings are discussed in terms of the cross-cultural generality of the sensitivity construct and the sensitivity-security link and of the relevance of naturalistic open-ended studies in different contexts. SN - 0012-1649 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15238039/Through_Colombian_lenses:_ethnographic_and_conventional_analyses_of_maternal_care_and_their_associations_with_secure_base_behavior_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -