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A dimensional approach to maternal attachment state of mind: relations to maternal sensitivity and maternal autonomy support.
Dev Psychol. 2011 Mar; 47(2):396-403.DP

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the developmental significance of the newly developed dimensional approach to attachment state of mind by investigating its capacity to predict individual differences in the quality of two caregiving behaviors-maternal sensitivity and maternal autonomy support-that are linked to numerous important child outcomes. Seventy-one upper-middle-class, predominantly French-speaking and Caucasian dyads participated in 3 home visits (34 girls). The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) was administered when the infants were 8 months old, maternal sensitivity was assessed when they were 12 months old, and maternal autonomy support was assessed at 15 months. The results revealed that, above and beyond SES, maternal sensitivity was negatively related to the dismissing dimension of the AAI, whereas maternal autonomy support was negatively linked to the preoccupied/unresolved dimension. In contrast, the traditional AAI categories were not significantly linked to parenting. These results speak to the relevance of using a continuous approach to attachment state of mind when predicting individual differences in specific caregiving behaviors.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec. natwhipple@gmail.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21171748

Citation

Whipple, Natasha, et al. "A Dimensional Approach to Maternal Attachment State of Mind: Relations to Maternal Sensitivity and Maternal Autonomy Support." Developmental Psychology, vol. 47, no. 2, 2011, pp. 396-403.
Whipple N, Bernier A, Mageau GA. A dimensional approach to maternal attachment state of mind: relations to maternal sensitivity and maternal autonomy support. Dev Psychol. 2011;47(2):396-403.
Whipple, N., Bernier, A., & Mageau, G. A. (2011). A dimensional approach to maternal attachment state of mind: relations to maternal sensitivity and maternal autonomy support. Developmental Psychology, 47(2), 396-403. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0021310
Whipple N, Bernier A, Mageau GA. A Dimensional Approach to Maternal Attachment State of Mind: Relations to Maternal Sensitivity and Maternal Autonomy Support. Dev Psychol. 2011;47(2):396-403. PubMed PMID: 21171748.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A dimensional approach to maternal attachment state of mind: relations to maternal sensitivity and maternal autonomy support. AU - Whipple,Natasha, AU - Bernier,Annie, AU - Mageau,Geneviève A, PY - 2010/12/22/entrez PY - 2010/12/22/pubmed PY - 2011/7/2/medline SP - 396 EP - 403 JF - Developmental psychology JO - Dev Psychol VL - 47 IS - 2 N2 - The aim of this study was to examine the developmental significance of the newly developed dimensional approach to attachment state of mind by investigating its capacity to predict individual differences in the quality of two caregiving behaviors-maternal sensitivity and maternal autonomy support-that are linked to numerous important child outcomes. Seventy-one upper-middle-class, predominantly French-speaking and Caucasian dyads participated in 3 home visits (34 girls). The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) was administered when the infants were 8 months old, maternal sensitivity was assessed when they were 12 months old, and maternal autonomy support was assessed at 15 months. The results revealed that, above and beyond SES, maternal sensitivity was negatively related to the dismissing dimension of the AAI, whereas maternal autonomy support was negatively linked to the preoccupied/unresolved dimension. In contrast, the traditional AAI categories were not significantly linked to parenting. These results speak to the relevance of using a continuous approach to attachment state of mind when predicting individual differences in specific caregiving behaviors. SN - 1939-0599 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21171748/A_dimensional_approach_to_maternal_attachment_state_of_mind:_relations_to_maternal_sensitivity_and_maternal_autonomy_support_ L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/dev/47/2/396 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -