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Maternal sensitivity and the security of infant-mother attachment: a Q-sort study.
Child Dev. 1990 Dec; 61(6):1974-83.CD

Abstract

40 mothers and their 12-month-old infants were observed twice at home by 2 observers for 2 hours. After the second visit, the observers described the infant using the Waters Attachment Behavior Q-sort and the mother's interactive behavior with the Maternal Behavior Q-sort developed by the present authors and Ainsworth's rating scales. Maternal sensitivity was unrelated to maternal age, income, or SES, but correlated positively with maternal education. Mothers of more difficult children were less sensitive. A strong relation was found between infant attachment and maternal sensitivity as measured by the Maternal Behavior Q-sort and by the Ainsworth scales. Using the Q-sort procedure, mothers of more secure infants were more frequently characterized as noticing their babies' signals and using these signals to guide their behavior; they also were more knowledgeable about their infant and appeared to enjoy them more than mothers of less secure infants.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo 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

2083509

Citation

Pederson, D R., et al. "Maternal Sensitivity and the Security of Infant-mother Attachment: a Q-sort Study." Child Development, vol. 61, no. 6, 1990, pp. 1974-83.
Pederson DR, Moran G, Sitko C, et al. Maternal sensitivity and the security of infant-mother attachment: a Q-sort study. Child Dev. 1990;61(6):1974-83.
Pederson, D. R., Moran, G., Sitko, C., Campbell, K., Ghesquire, K., & Acton, H. (1990). Maternal sensitivity and the security of infant-mother attachment: a Q-sort study. Child Development, 61(6), 1974-83.
Pederson DR, et al. Maternal Sensitivity and the Security of Infant-mother Attachment: a Q-sort Study. Child Dev. 1990;61(6):1974-83. PubMed PMID: 2083509.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Maternal sensitivity and the security of infant-mother attachment: a Q-sort study. AU - Pederson,D R, AU - Moran,G, AU - Sitko,C, AU - Campbell,K, AU - Ghesquire,K, AU - Acton,H, PY - 1990/12/1/pubmed PY - 1990/12/1/medline PY - 1990/12/1/entrez SP - 1974 EP - 83 JF - Child development JO - Child Dev VL - 61 IS - 6 N2 - 40 mothers and their 12-month-old infants were observed twice at home by 2 observers for 2 hours. After the second visit, the observers described the infant using the Waters Attachment Behavior Q-sort and the mother's interactive behavior with the Maternal Behavior Q-sort developed by the present authors and Ainsworth's rating scales. Maternal sensitivity was unrelated to maternal age, income, or SES, but correlated positively with maternal education. Mothers of more difficult children were less sensitive. A strong relation was found between infant attachment and maternal sensitivity as measured by the Maternal Behavior Q-sort and by the Ainsworth scales. Using the Q-sort procedure, mothers of more secure infants were more frequently characterized as noticing their babies' signals and using these signals to guide their behavior; they also were more knowledgeable about their infant and appeared to enjoy them more than mothers of less secure infants. SN - 0009-3920 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/2083509/Maternal_sensitivity_and_the_security_of_infant_mother_attachment:_a_Q_sort_study_ L2 - https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/openurl?genre=article&sid=nlm:pubmed&issn=0009-3920&date=1990&volume=61&issue=6&spage=1974 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -