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Understanding the transmission of attachment using variable- and relationship-centered approaches.
Dev Psychopathol. 2007 Spring; 19(2):313-43.DP

Abstract

The interrelations of maternal attachment representations, mother-infant interaction in the home, and attachment relationships were studied in 99 adolescent mothers and their 12-month-old infants. A q-factor analysis was used to identify emergent profiles of mother and infant interaction. Traditional multivariate statistical analyses were complemented by a relationship-based approach utilizing latent class analysis. The results confirmed many theoretical predictions linking interaction with autonomous maternal representations and secure attachment, but failed to support a mediating role for maternal sensitivity. Strong associations were found between mothers displaying nonsensitive and disengaged interaction profiles, infants who did not interact harmoniously with the mother and preferred interaction with the visitor, unresolved maternal representations, and disorganized attachment relationships. Moreover, maternal nonsensitive and disengaged interaction in the home mediated the association between unresolved representations and disorganization. The results of the latent class analysis were consistent with these findings and revealed additional, empirically derived associations between attachment classifications and patterns of interactive behavior, some of which prompt a reconsideration of our current understanding of attachment transmission in at-risk populations.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, MacKinnon Building, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. hnbailey@uoguelph.caNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17459173

Citation

Bailey, Heidi N., et al. "Understanding the Transmission of Attachment Using Variable- and Relationship-centered Approaches." Development and Psychopathology, vol. 19, no. 2, 2007, pp. 313-43.
Bailey HN, Moran G, Pederson DR, et al. Understanding the transmission of attachment using variable- and relationship-centered approaches. Dev Psychopathol. 2007;19(2):313-43.
Bailey, H. N., Moran, G., Pederson, D. R., & Bento, S. (2007). Understanding the transmission of attachment using variable- and relationship-centered approaches. Development and Psychopathology, 19(2), 313-43.
Bailey HN, et al. Understanding the Transmission of Attachment Using Variable- and Relationship-centered Approaches. Dev Psychopathol. 2007;19(2):313-43. PubMed PMID: 17459173.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Understanding the transmission of attachment using variable- and relationship-centered approaches. AU - Bailey,Heidi N, AU - Moran,Greg, AU - Pederson,David R, AU - Bento,Sandi, PY - 2007/4/27/pubmed PY - 2007/8/28/medline PY - 2007/4/27/entrez SP - 313 EP - 43 JF - Development and psychopathology JO - Dev. Psychopathol. VL - 19 IS - 2 N2 - The interrelations of maternal attachment representations, mother-infant interaction in the home, and attachment relationships were studied in 99 adolescent mothers and their 12-month-old infants. A q-factor analysis was used to identify emergent profiles of mother and infant interaction. Traditional multivariate statistical analyses were complemented by a relationship-based approach utilizing latent class analysis. The results confirmed many theoretical predictions linking interaction with autonomous maternal representations and secure attachment, but failed to support a mediating role for maternal sensitivity. Strong associations were found between mothers displaying nonsensitive and disengaged interaction profiles, infants who did not interact harmoniously with the mother and preferred interaction with the visitor, unresolved maternal representations, and disorganized attachment relationships. Moreover, maternal nonsensitive and disengaged interaction in the home mediated the association between unresolved representations and disorganization. The results of the latent class analysis were consistent with these findings and revealed additional, empirically derived associations between attachment classifications and patterns of interactive behavior, some of which prompt a reconsideration of our current understanding of attachment transmission in at-risk populations. SN - 0954-5794 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17459173/Understanding_the_transmission_of_attachment_using_variable__and_relationship_centered_approaches_ L2 - https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S0954579407070162/type/journal_article DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -