ERIC Number: ED394697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
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Relationships between Caregiver-Child Attachment Attitudes and Personality Characteristics.
Kesner, John E.
Based on Bowlby's attachment theory, which hypothesized that the caregiver-child relationship may play an important role in the social and academic adjustment of the child, this pilot study assessed the attitudes of student teachers regarding attachment issues. The subjects for this study were 38 graduate students in a teacher preparation program. Data were collected using: (1) the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) containing four indices which reflect how an individual perceives and makes judgments; and (2) the Teacher Attitude Scale (TAS), designed by the researcher to assess the individual's attitudes toward relationships with his or her students. The results revealed that student-teacher attitudes toward their relationship with students were related to the intuition component of the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator. The full personality profiles showed no significant relationship with the TAS total score, indicating that more factors may be at work in influencing attitudes toward relationships with children. Generalizations to the larger population were not possible due to the nature and size of the sample. While the TAS demonstrated good internal reliability, it requires additional testing before it can be utilized as an effective measure of teacher attitudes toward attachment relationships. (BAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Bowlby (John); Myers Briggs Type Indicator
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Georgia Educational Research Association (20th, Atlanta, GA, November 2-3, 1995).