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Changes in maternal sensitivity across the first three years: are mothers from different attachment dyads differentially influenced by depressive symptomatology?
Attach Hum Dev. 2008 Sep; 10(3):299-317.AH

Abstract

Hierarchical linear modeling was used to describe longitudinal relations between maternal sensitivity and depressive symptomatology for mothers of children with differing attachment classifications at 36 months of child age using data from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care. Attachment during toddlerhood was assessed using a modified Strange Situation Paradigm developed by the MacArthur Working Group on Attachment. On average, maternal sensitivity increased longitudinally from 6 to 36 months for groups with children classified as secure or resistant, but not for groups classified as avoidant or disorganized. Higher maternal depressive symptoms were associated with lower levels of sensitivity for all mothers, although this effect was significantly less severe for mothers of securely attached children. In addition, higher maternal depressive symptoms were associated with decreases in sensitivity from 6 to 36 months for mothers of children who at 36 months showed disorganized attachments combined with underlying patterns of avoidant or resistant behavior.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Center for Developmental Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA. rmk@email.unc.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Multicenter Study

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18821340

Citation

Mills-Koonce, W Roger, et al. "Changes in Maternal Sensitivity Across the First Three Years: Are Mothers From Different Attachment Dyads Differentially Influenced By Depressive Symptomatology?" Attachment & Human Development, vol. 10, no. 3, 2008, pp. 299-317.
Mills-Koonce WR, Gariepy JL, Sutton K, et al. Changes in maternal sensitivity across the first three years: are mothers from different attachment dyads differentially influenced by depressive symptomatology? Attach Hum Dev. 2008;10(3):299-317.
Mills-Koonce, W. R., Gariepy, J. L., Sutton, K., & Cox, M. J. (2008). Changes in maternal sensitivity across the first three years: are mothers from different attachment dyads differentially influenced by depressive symptomatology? Attachment & Human Development, 10(3), 299-317. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616730802113612
Mills-Koonce WR, et al. Changes in Maternal Sensitivity Across the First Three Years: Are Mothers From Different Attachment Dyads Differentially Influenced By Depressive Symptomatology. Attach Hum Dev. 2008;10(3):299-317. PubMed PMID: 18821340.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Changes in maternal sensitivity across the first three years: are mothers from different attachment dyads differentially influenced by depressive symptomatology? AU - Mills-Koonce,W Roger, AU - Gariepy,Jean-Louis, AU - Sutton,Kelly, AU - Cox,Martha J, PY - 2008/9/30/pubmed PY - 2009/1/14/medline PY - 2008/9/30/entrez SP - 299 EP - 317 JF - Attachment & human development JO - Attach Hum Dev VL - 10 IS - 3 N2 - Hierarchical linear modeling was used to describe longitudinal relations between maternal sensitivity and depressive symptomatology for mothers of children with differing attachment classifications at 36 months of child age using data from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care. Attachment during toddlerhood was assessed using a modified Strange Situation Paradigm developed by the MacArthur Working Group on Attachment. On average, maternal sensitivity increased longitudinally from 6 to 36 months for groups with children classified as secure or resistant, but not for groups classified as avoidant or disorganized. Higher maternal depressive symptoms were associated with lower levels of sensitivity for all mothers, although this effect was significantly less severe for mothers of securely attached children. In addition, higher maternal depressive symptoms were associated with decreases in sensitivity from 6 to 36 months for mothers of children who at 36 months showed disorganized attachments combined with underlying patterns of avoidant or resistant behavior. SN - 1469-2988 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18821340/Changes_in_maternal_sensitivity_across_the_first_three_years:_are_mothers_from_different_attachment_dyads_differentially_influenced_by_depressive_symptomatology L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14616730802113612 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -