Attachment security and maternal behaviors as predictors of children's psychosocial adjustment at school entry
Mother–child relationships and children’s psychosocial functioning : the specific roles of attachment security and maternal behavior
Article [Accepted Manuscript]
Is part ofParenting ; vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 172-189.
Publisher(s)Taylor & Francis
Objective. This paper aimed to examine the contributions of a second assessment time point of attachment security, along with assessments of maternal behavior (sensitivity and autonomy support), to the prediction of children’s behavior problems. Design. Maternal behavior and mother–child attachment were assessed in 73 mother–child dyads when children were between 15 months and 26 months old. Children’s internalizing and externalizing problems were reported by their teachers in kindergarten and first grade. Results. Each assessment time point of attachment security, as well as maternal behavior, explained comparable portions of the variance in children’s anxious/depressed behavior, jointly predicting more than three times the variance explained by either measure of attachment alone. Conclusion. Researchers should consider a multidimensional approach to the assessment of the quality of mother–child relationships, at least when attempting to explain the development of child internalizing problems.