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The association between paternal sensitivity and infant-father attachment security: a meta-analysis of three decades of research.
J Fam Psychol. 2011 Dec; 25(6):986-92.JF

Abstract

For almost three decades, the association between paternal sensitivity and infant-father attachment security has been studied. The first wave of studies on the correlates of infant-father attachment showed a weak association between paternal sensitivity and infant-father attachment security (r = .13, p < .001, k = 8, N = 546). In the current paper, a meta-analysis of the association between paternal sensitivity and infant-father attachment based on all studies currently available is presented, and the change over time of the association between paternal sensitivity and infant-father attachment is investigated. Studies using an observational measure of paternal interactive behavior with the infant, and the Strange Situation Procedure to observe the attachment relationship were included. Paternal sensitivity is differentiated from paternal sensitivity combined with stimulation in the interaction with the infant. Higher levels of paternal sensitivity were associated with more infant-father attachment security (r = .12, p < .001, k = 16, N = 1,355). Fathers' sensitive play combined with stimulation was not more strongly associated with attachment security than sensitive interactions without stimulation of play. Despite possible changes in paternal role patterns, we did not find stronger associations between paternal sensitivity and infant attachment in more recent years.

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The Generation R Study Group, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Meta-Analysis

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22004434

Citation

Lucassen, Nicole, et al. "The Association Between Paternal Sensitivity and Infant-father Attachment Security: a Meta-analysis of Three Decades of Research." Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), vol. 25, no. 6, 2011, pp. 986-92.
Lucassen N, Tharner A, Van Ijzendoorn MH, et al. The association between paternal sensitivity and infant-father attachment security: a meta-analysis of three decades of research. J Fam Psychol. 2011;25(6):986-92.
Lucassen, N., Tharner, A., Van Ijzendoorn, M. H., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., Volling, B. L., Verhulst, F. C., Lambregtse-Van den Berg, M. P., & Tiemeier, H. (2011). The association between paternal sensitivity and infant-father attachment security: a meta-analysis of three decades of research. Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), 25(6), 986-92. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0025855
Lucassen N, et al. The Association Between Paternal Sensitivity and Infant-father Attachment Security: a Meta-analysis of Three Decades of Research. J Fam Psychol. 2011;25(6):986-92. PubMed PMID: 22004434.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The association between paternal sensitivity and infant-father attachment security: a meta-analysis of three decades of research. AU - Lucassen,Nicole, AU - Tharner,Anne, AU - Van Ijzendoorn,Marinus H, AU - Bakermans-Kranenburg,Marian J, AU - Volling,Brenda L, AU - Verhulst,Frank C, AU - Lambregtse-Van den Berg,Mijke P, AU - Tiemeier,Henning, Y1 - 2011/10/17/ PY - 2011/10/19/entrez PY - 2011/10/19/pubmed PY - 2012/4/27/medline SP - 986 EP - 92 JF - Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43) JO - J Fam Psychol VL - 25 IS - 6 N2 - For almost three decades, the association between paternal sensitivity and infant-father attachment security has been studied. The first wave of studies on the correlates of infant-father attachment showed a weak association between paternal sensitivity and infant-father attachment security (r = .13, p < .001, k = 8, N = 546). In the current paper, a meta-analysis of the association between paternal sensitivity and infant-father attachment based on all studies currently available is presented, and the change over time of the association between paternal sensitivity and infant-father attachment is investigated. Studies using an observational measure of paternal interactive behavior with the infant, and the Strange Situation Procedure to observe the attachment relationship were included. Paternal sensitivity is differentiated from paternal sensitivity combined with stimulation in the interaction with the infant. Higher levels of paternal sensitivity were associated with more infant-father attachment security (r = .12, p < .001, k = 16, N = 1,355). Fathers' sensitive play combined with stimulation was not more strongly associated with attachment security than sensitive interactions without stimulation of play. Despite possible changes in paternal role patterns, we did not find stronger associations between paternal sensitivity and infant attachment in more recent years. SN - 1939-1293 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22004434/The_association_between_paternal_sensitivity_and_infant_father_attachment_security:_a_meta_analysis_of_three_decades_of_research_ L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/fam/25/6/986 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -