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Multi-method assessment of mother-child attachment: links to parenting and child depressive symptoms in middle childhood.
Attach Hum Dev. 2011 Jul; 13(4):315-33.AH

Abstract

This study included two different methods to assess mother-child attachment, questionnaires, and a doll play story stem interview, so their overlap could be evaluated. In addition, we investigated how attachment is related to parenting and child depression. The sample was comprised of 10- to 12-year-olds (N = 87) and their mothers. Children completed questionnaires (assessing security, avoidance, and ambivalence), and were administered a doll play interview to assess attachment patterns (security, avoidance, ambivalence, and disorganization). Two aspects of parenting (warmth/ engagement and psychological control) were assessed with child reports and observer ratings of maternal behavior. We also obtained child reports of depressive symptoms. Questionnaire and interview measures of attachment security were related to one another, and each showed predictable associations with parenting and child depression. By contrast, results were less consistent for the ambivalent and avoidant insecure attachment patterns, although disorganized attachment showed some associations with parenting and child adjustment.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Kent State University, OH , USA. kkerns@kent.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21718221

Citation

Kerns, Kathryn A., et al. "Multi-method Assessment of Mother-child Attachment: Links to Parenting and Child Depressive Symptoms in Middle Childhood." Attachment & Human Development, vol. 13, no. 4, 2011, pp. 315-33.
Kerns KA, Brumariu LE, Seibert A. Multi-method assessment of mother-child attachment: links to parenting and child depressive symptoms in middle childhood. Attach Hum Dev. 2011;13(4):315-33.
Kerns, K. A., Brumariu, L. E., & Seibert, A. (2011). Multi-method assessment of mother-child attachment: links to parenting and child depressive symptoms in middle childhood. Attachment & Human Development, 13(4), 315-33. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2011.584398
Kerns KA, Brumariu LE, Seibert A. Multi-method Assessment of Mother-child Attachment: Links to Parenting and Child Depressive Symptoms in Middle Childhood. Attach Hum Dev. 2011;13(4):315-33. PubMed PMID: 21718221.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Multi-method assessment of mother-child attachment: links to parenting and child depressive symptoms in middle childhood. AU - Kerns,Kathryn A, AU - Brumariu,Laura E, AU - Seibert,Ashley, PY - 2011/7/2/entrez PY - 2011/7/2/pubmed PY - 2011/12/13/medline SP - 315 EP - 33 JF - Attachment & human development JO - Attach Hum Dev VL - 13 IS - 4 N2 - This study included two different methods to assess mother-child attachment, questionnaires, and a doll play story stem interview, so their overlap could be evaluated. In addition, we investigated how attachment is related to parenting and child depression. The sample was comprised of 10- to 12-year-olds (N = 87) and their mothers. Children completed questionnaires (assessing security, avoidance, and ambivalence), and were administered a doll play interview to assess attachment patterns (security, avoidance, ambivalence, and disorganization). Two aspects of parenting (warmth/ engagement and psychological control) were assessed with child reports and observer ratings of maternal behavior. We also obtained child reports of depressive symptoms. Questionnaire and interview measures of attachment security were related to one another, and each showed predictable associations with parenting and child depression. By contrast, results were less consistent for the ambivalent and avoidant insecure attachment patterns, although disorganized attachment showed some associations with parenting and child adjustment. SN - 1469-2988 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21718221/Multi_method_assessment_of_mother_child_attachment:_links_to_parenting_and_child_depressive_symptoms_in_middle_childhood_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14616734.2011.584398 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -