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Transmission of attachment across three generations: Continuity and reversal.
Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2010 Jul; 15(3):347-54.CC

Abstract

We followed a normative Finnish sample of primiparous mothers, fathers, and maternal grandmothers from pregnancy until the child was 3 years old (N = 32 families). The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) was used to assess attachment in mothers, fathers and grandmothers during the last trimester of the mother's pregnancy. The Preschool Assessment of Attachment (PAA) was used to assess attachment in children at 3 years. Forty-seven percent of the 32 grandmother-mother-infant triads had the corresponding attachment classifications. Using EXACON for the analysis of single cells of 3 x 3 contingency tables with type-antitype classifications, and frequency tabulation of the major three-generation combinations, both triads indicating continuity across three generations (B/B/B 22% and A/A/A 19%) and reversal reactions (A/C/A and C/A/C 22%) were found. The results indicated continuity across three generations for Type B and for Type A and alternations from A to C and vice versa for insecure attachment. We discuss the implications of these findings for theory development and clinical work.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Finland. airi.hautamaki@helsinki.fiNo 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

20603422

Citation

Hautamäki, Airi, et al. "Transmission of Attachment Across Three Generations: Continuity and Reversal." Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, vol. 15, no. 3, 2010, pp. 347-54.
Hautamäki A, Hautamäki L, Neuvonen L, et al. Transmission of attachment across three generations: Continuity and reversal. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2010;15(3):347-54.
Hautamäki, A., Hautamäki, L., Neuvonen, L., & Maliniemi-Piispanen, S. (2010). Transmission of attachment across three generations: Continuity and reversal. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 15(3), 347-54. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359104510365451
Hautamäki A, et al. Transmission of Attachment Across Three Generations: Continuity and Reversal. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2010;15(3):347-54. PubMed PMID: 20603422.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Transmission of attachment across three generations: Continuity and reversal. AU - Hautamäki,Airi, AU - Hautamäki,Laura, AU - Neuvonen,Leena, AU - Maliniemi-Piispanen,Sinikka, PY - 2010/7/7/entrez PY - 2010/7/7/pubmed PY - 2010/10/30/medline SP - 347 EP - 54 JF - Clinical child psychology and psychiatry JO - Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry VL - 15 IS - 3 N2 - We followed a normative Finnish sample of primiparous mothers, fathers, and maternal grandmothers from pregnancy until the child was 3 years old (N = 32 families). The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) was used to assess attachment in mothers, fathers and grandmothers during the last trimester of the mother's pregnancy. The Preschool Assessment of Attachment (PAA) was used to assess attachment in children at 3 years. Forty-seven percent of the 32 grandmother-mother-infant triads had the corresponding attachment classifications. Using EXACON for the analysis of single cells of 3 x 3 contingency tables with type-antitype classifications, and frequency tabulation of the major three-generation combinations, both triads indicating continuity across three generations (B/B/B 22% and A/A/A 19%) and reversal reactions (A/C/A and C/A/C 22%) were found. The results indicated continuity across three generations for Type B and for Type A and alternations from A to C and vice versa for insecure attachment. We discuss the implications of these findings for theory development and clinical work. SN - 1461-7021 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20603422/Transmission_of_attachment_across_three_generations:_Continuity_and_reversal_ L2 - http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1359104510365451?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -