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Child anger proneness moderates associations between child-mother attachment security and child behavior with mothers at 33 months.
J Fam Psychol. 2012 Feb; 26(1):76-86.JF

Abstract

Child-mother attachment security, assessed via a modified Strange Situation procedure (Cassidy & Marvin, with the MacArthur Attachment Working Group, 1992), and parent-reported child proneness to anger were examined as correlates of observed child behavior toward mothers during a series of interactive tasks (N = 120, 60 girls). Controlling for maternal sensitivity and child gender and expressive language ability, greater attachment security, and lower levels of anger proneness were related to more child responsiveness to maternal requests and suggestions during play and snack sessions. As hypothesized, anger proneness also moderated several security-behavior associations. Greater attachment security was related to (a) more committed compliance during clean-up and snack-delay tasks for children high on anger proneness, (b) more self-assertiveness during play and snack for children moderate or high on anger proneness, and (c) more help-seeking during play and snack for children moderate or low on anger proneness. Findings further our understanding of the behavioral correlates of child-mother attachment security assessed during late toddlerhood via the Cassidy-Marvin system and underscore child anger proneness as a moderator of attachment-related differences in child behavior during this developmental period.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Human and Community Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA. mcelwn@illinois.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22182337

Citation

McElwain, Nancy L., et al. "Child Anger Proneness Moderates Associations Between Child-mother Attachment Security and Child Behavior With Mothers at 33 Months." Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), vol. 26, no. 1, 2012, pp. 76-86.
McElwain NL, Holland AS, Engle JM, et al. Child anger proneness moderates associations between child-mother attachment security and child behavior with mothers at 33 months. J Fam Psychol. 2012;26(1):76-86.
McElwain, N. L., Holland, A. S., Engle, J. M., & Wong, M. S. (2012). Child anger proneness moderates associations between child-mother attachment security and child behavior with mothers at 33 months. Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), 26(1), 76-86. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0026454
McElwain NL, et al. Child Anger Proneness Moderates Associations Between Child-mother Attachment Security and Child Behavior With Mothers at 33 Months. J Fam Psychol. 2012;26(1):76-86. PubMed PMID: 22182337.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Child anger proneness moderates associations between child-mother attachment security and child behavior with mothers at 33 months. AU - McElwain,Nancy L, AU - Holland,Ashley S, AU - Engle,Jennifer M, AU - Wong,Maria S, Y1 - 2011/12/19/ PY - 2011/12/21/entrez PY - 2011/12/21/pubmed PY - 2012/6/12/medline SP - 76 EP - 86 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 - 26 IS - 1 N2 - Child-mother attachment security, assessed via a modified Strange Situation procedure (Cassidy & Marvin, with the MacArthur Attachment Working Group, 1992), and parent-reported child proneness to anger were examined as correlates of observed child behavior toward mothers during a series of interactive tasks (N = 120, 60 girls). Controlling for maternal sensitivity and child gender and expressive language ability, greater attachment security, and lower levels of anger proneness were related to more child responsiveness to maternal requests and suggestions during play and snack sessions. As hypothesized, anger proneness also moderated several security-behavior associations. Greater attachment security was related to (a) more committed compliance during clean-up and snack-delay tasks for children high on anger proneness, (b) more self-assertiveness during play and snack for children moderate or high on anger proneness, and (c) more help-seeking during play and snack for children moderate or low on anger proneness. Findings further our understanding of the behavioral correlates of child-mother attachment security assessed during late toddlerhood via the Cassidy-Marvin system and underscore child anger proneness as a moderator of attachment-related differences in child behavior during this developmental period. SN - 1939-1293 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22182337/Child_anger_proneness_moderates_associations_between_child_mother_attachment_security_and_child_behavior_with_mothers_at_33_months_ L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/fam/26/1/76 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -