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Independent influences upon mother-toddler role reversal: infant-mother attachment disorganization and role reversal in mother's childhood.
Attach Hum Dev. 2008 Mar; 10(1):29-39.AH

Abstract

In role reversal a child takes an inappropriate parental, spousal, or peer role with the caregiver. The study assessed attachment disorganization with mother in infancy in the Strange Situation (Ainsworth, Blehar, Waters, & Wall, 1978) and role reversal at 2 years old in videotaped mother-child interactions. By closely observing role reversal at this early age, results fill in the picture concerning the link between disorganized infant-mother attachment and controlling role reversal at 6 years old (Main & Cassidy, 1988; Main, Kaplan, & Cassidy, 1985). As hypothesized, infant-mother disorganization significantly predicted mother-toddler role reversal. The study also deepened research that predicted role reversal from parent Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) role reversal assessed before the child was born (Macfie, McElwain, Houts, & Cox, 2005). As hypothesized, mother AAI role reversal with her mother in childhood significantly predicted mother-toddler role reversal over and above infant-mother disorganization. Results are discussed within a developmental psychopathology framework including opportunities for developmentally sensitive interventions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA. macfie@utk.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18351492

Citation

Macfie, Jenny, et al. "Independent Influences Upon Mother-toddler Role Reversal: Infant-mother Attachment Disorganization and Role Reversal in Mother's Childhood." Attachment & Human Development, vol. 10, no. 1, 2008, pp. 29-39.
Macfie J, Fitzpatrick KL, Rivas EM, et al. Independent influences upon mother-toddler role reversal: infant-mother attachment disorganization and role reversal in mother's childhood. Attach Hum Dev. 2008;10(1):29-39.
Macfie, J., Fitzpatrick, K. L., Rivas, E. M., & Cox, M. J. (2008). Independent influences upon mother-toddler role reversal: infant-mother attachment disorganization and role reversal in mother's childhood. Attachment & Human Development, 10(1), 29-39. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616730701868589
Macfie J, et al. Independent Influences Upon Mother-toddler Role Reversal: Infant-mother Attachment Disorganization and Role Reversal in Mother's Childhood. Attach Hum Dev. 2008;10(1):29-39. PubMed PMID: 18351492.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Independent influences upon mother-toddler role reversal: infant-mother attachment disorganization and role reversal in mother's childhood. AU - Macfie,Jenny, AU - Fitzpatrick,Katie L, AU - Rivas,Elaine M, AU - Cox,Martha J, PY - 2008/3/21/pubmed PY - 2008/9/10/medline PY - 2008/3/21/entrez SP - 29 EP - 39 JF - Attachment & human development JO - Attach Hum Dev VL - 10 IS - 1 N2 - In role reversal a child takes an inappropriate parental, spousal, or peer role with the caregiver. The study assessed attachment disorganization with mother in infancy in the Strange Situation (Ainsworth, Blehar, Waters, & Wall, 1978) and role reversal at 2 years old in videotaped mother-child interactions. By closely observing role reversal at this early age, results fill in the picture concerning the link between disorganized infant-mother attachment and controlling role reversal at 6 years old (Main & Cassidy, 1988; Main, Kaplan, & Cassidy, 1985). As hypothesized, infant-mother disorganization significantly predicted mother-toddler role reversal. The study also deepened research that predicted role reversal from parent Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) role reversal assessed before the child was born (Macfie, McElwain, Houts, & Cox, 2005). As hypothesized, mother AAI role reversal with her mother in childhood significantly predicted mother-toddler role reversal over and above infant-mother disorganization. Results are discussed within a developmental psychopathology framework including opportunities for developmentally sensitive interventions. SN - 1461-6734 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18351492/Independent_influences_upon_mother_toddler_role_reversal:_infant_mother_attachment_disorganization_and_role_reversal_in_mother's_childhood_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14616730701868589 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -