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ERIC Number: ED349101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: 0
Maternal Sensitivity and Attachment Security: Concordance of Home- and Lab-Based Measures.
Pederson, David R.; And Others
In Ontario, mothers and their preterm or full-term infants were observed at home when the infants were 8 and 12 months of age. At each visit, the Bayley Scales of Infant Development were administered, and after each visit, observers completed the Maternal Behavior Q-Sort and Ainsworth ratings of maternal sensitivity. Maternal sensitivity and infant attachment security scores were derived from these measures. When the infants were 18 months old, mothers and infants were videotaped in the Ainsworth strange situation procedure. Results indicated that maternal sensitivity scores from the home visit at 8 months correlated with infant attachment security scores from the visit at 12 months. Sensitivity scores from the visit at 12 months correlated with security scores from the Maternal Behavior Q-Sort. Ainsworth ratings were correlated with Q-Sort measures of maternal sensitivity. There were no significant differences between dyads with preterm and full-term infants in maternal sensitivity or infant attachment security at the 12-month visit. Nor were there differences in attachment classifications in the strange situation procedure at 18 months. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ontario Mental Health Foundation, Toronto
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ainsworth Strange Situation Procedure; Maternal Responsiveness; Maternal Sensitivity
Note: Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Internatonal Conference on Infant Studies (Miami Beach, FL, May 7-10, 1992).