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Preschool children's mental representations of attachment: antecedents in their secure base behaviors and maternal attachment scripts.
Attach Hum Dev. 2011 Sep; 13(5):489-502.AH

Abstract

This study examined the antecedents of preschool age children's mental representations of attachment, assessed using the Attachment Story Completion Task (ASCT). Antecedent predictors were maternal attachment scripts, assessed using the Attachment Script Assessment (ASA), and the child's secure base behaviors, assessed using the Attachment Q-Set (AQS). Participants were 121 mothers and their preschool children assessed in three samples (Portuguese sample, n = 31; US Midwestern sample, n = 38; US Southeastern sample, n = 52). AQS and ASA assessments were completed approximately 1.5 years before the ASCT data were collected. No cross-sample contrasts for the attachment variables were significant. Correlations and structural equation modeling (SEM) indicated that the three attachment measures were significantly associated and that both maternal secure base script knowledge and children's secure base behaviors (AQS) were uniquely and significantly associated with children's mental representations of attachment (ASCT). A test of the indirect effect between maternal scripts and child representations through children's secure base behaviors was not significant.

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Department of Psychology, Department of Human and Community Development , University of Illinois, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo 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

21838648

Citation

Wong, Maria, et al. "Preschool Children's Mental Representations of Attachment: Antecedents in Their Secure Base Behaviors and Maternal Attachment Scripts." Attachment & Human Development, vol. 13, no. 5, 2011, pp. 489-502.
Wong M, Bost KK, Shin N, et al. Preschool children's mental representations of attachment: antecedents in their secure base behaviors and maternal attachment scripts. Attach Hum Dev. 2011;13(5):489-502.
Wong, M., Bost, K. K., Shin, N., Veríssomo, M., Maia, J., Monteiro, L., Silva, F., Coppola, G., Costantini, A., & Vaughn, B. E. (2011). Preschool children's mental representations of attachment: antecedents in their secure base behaviors and maternal attachment scripts. Attachment & Human Development, 13(5), 489-502. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2011.602256
Wong M, et al. Preschool Children's Mental Representations of Attachment: Antecedents in Their Secure Base Behaviors and Maternal Attachment Scripts. Attach Hum Dev. 2011;13(5):489-502. PubMed PMID: 21838648.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Preschool children's mental representations of attachment: antecedents in their secure base behaviors and maternal attachment scripts. AU - Wong,Maria, AU - Bost,Kelly K, AU - Shin,Nana, AU - Veríssomo,Manuela, AU - Maia,Joana, AU - Monteiro,Ligia, AU - Silva,Filipa, AU - Coppola,Gabrielle, AU - Costantini,Alessandro, AU - Vaughn,Brian E, PY - 2011/8/16/entrez PY - 2011/8/16/pubmed PY - 2012/1/10/medline SP - 489 EP - 502 JF - Attachment & human development JO - Attach Hum Dev VL - 13 IS - 5 N2 - This study examined the antecedents of preschool age children's mental representations of attachment, assessed using the Attachment Story Completion Task (ASCT). Antecedent predictors were maternal attachment scripts, assessed using the Attachment Script Assessment (ASA), and the child's secure base behaviors, assessed using the Attachment Q-Set (AQS). Participants were 121 mothers and their preschool children assessed in three samples (Portuguese sample, n = 31; US Midwestern sample, n = 38; US Southeastern sample, n = 52). AQS and ASA assessments were completed approximately 1.5 years before the ASCT data were collected. No cross-sample contrasts for the attachment variables were significant. Correlations and structural equation modeling (SEM) indicated that the three attachment measures were significantly associated and that both maternal secure base script knowledge and children's secure base behaviors (AQS) were uniquely and significantly associated with children's mental representations of attachment (ASCT). A test of the indirect effect between maternal scripts and child representations through children's secure base behaviors was not significant. SN - 1469-2988 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21838648/Preschool_children's_mental_representations_of_attachment:_antecedents_in_their_secure_base_behaviors_and_maternal_attachment_scripts_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -