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Quality of infants' attachments to professional caregivers: relation to infant-parent attachment and day-care characteristics.
Child Dev. 1990 Jun; 61(3):832-7.CD

Abstract

75 infants (mean age 15 months) were observed 3 times in the Strange Situation with their professional caregivers, mothers, and fathers. Sensitivity of these attachment figures to the infant's signals during free play, as well as a number of day-care characteristics, were assessed. Attachment classification distribution of infant-caregiver dyads did not differ significantly from infant-mother or infant-father attachment classification distributions. The quality of infant-caregiver attachment was independent of both infant-mother and infant-father attachments. About 10% of the infants had 3 insecure attachments. Professional caregivers observed with more than 1 infant did not have similar types of attachment classifications to all infants with whom they were observed. Infants who were securely attached to their professional caregivers spent more hours per week in day-care, and came from a middle-class background. Their caregivers appeared to be younger and more sensitive during free play than caregivers with whom the infants developed an insecure relationship.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Special Education, Free University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

2364757

Citation

Goossens, F A., and M H. van IJzendoorn. "Quality of Infants' Attachments to Professional Caregivers: Relation to Infant-parent Attachment and Day-care Characteristics." Child Development, vol. 61, no. 3, 1990, pp. 832-7.
Goossens FA, van IJzendoorn MH. Quality of infants' attachments to professional caregivers: relation to infant-parent attachment and day-care characteristics. Child Dev. 1990;61(3):832-7.
Goossens, F. A., & van IJzendoorn, M. H. (1990). Quality of infants' attachments to professional caregivers: relation to infant-parent attachment and day-care characteristics. Child Development, 61(3), 832-7.
Goossens FA, van IJzendoorn MH. Quality of Infants' Attachments to Professional Caregivers: Relation to Infant-parent Attachment and Day-care Characteristics. Child Dev. 1990;61(3):832-7. PubMed PMID: 2364757.
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