ERIC Number: ED075079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Attachment Behavior in Thirteen-Month-Old, Opposite Sex Twins.
Brooks, Jeanne; Lewis, Michael
Seventeen sets of opposite sex twins, 13 to 14 months old, were observed in a playroom situation with their mothers. Attachment behaviors, toy preference, style of play, and activity level were recorded. Analysis of four attachment behaviors indicated that girls looked at, vocalized to, and maintained proximity with their mothers significantly more often than did their brothers. Girls also touched their mothers more often, although this difference was not significant. The style of play and activity level measures revealed no sex differences. In terms of specific toy preferences, girls tended to play with the cat and dog more, while boys tended to play more with the pull toy. No other differences in toy preference were found. The effects of social class, activity level, and separation from the mother on at infant attachment behavior are discussed. The importance of the mother as a socializing and sex-typing agent is stressed. (Author)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Infant Behavior, Mothers, Observation, Parent Child Relationship, Play, Preschool Children, Research Reports, Sex Differences, Toys, Twins, Young Children
Michael Lewis, Division of Psychological Studies, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.