Self-reported romantic attachment style predicts everyday maternal caregiving behavior at home


Selcuk E., Gunaydin G., Sumer N., Harma M., Salman S., Hazan C., ...More

JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN PERSONALITY, vol.44, no.4, pp.544-549, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 44 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jrp.2010.05.007
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN PERSONALITY
  • Page Numbers: pp.544-549
  • Keywords: Adult attachment style, Maternal caregiving, Q-sort, Attachment anxiety, Attachment avoidance, Home observation, ADULT ATTACHMENT, CHILDHOOD, SECURITY, INFANCY, MODELS

Abstract

Although numerous studies examined how individual differences in mothers' discourse about their early attachment experiences are associated with their caregiving behaviors toward their children, research examining how self-reported romantic attachment style is associated with maternal caregiving has been very limited. To help fill this gap, we examined whether self-reported romantic attachment style is associated with maternal caregiving behaviors observed in home settings. Mother-child interactions were observed for three hours and the mothers completed measures of attachment style and child temperament. Results indicated that attachment-related avoidance, but not attachment-related anxiety, was negatively associated with global maternal sensitivity, after controlling for the child's temperament. Consistent with the propositions of attachment theory, both attachment-related avoidance and anxiety were associated with specific caregiving themes. (C) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.