ERIC Number: ED131362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Parent-Preschooler Separation Behavior and Attachment Theory.
Peery, J. Craig; Aoki, Elizabeth Y.
Leave-taking behavior of 84 pre-school children (44 female, 40 male) and their parents during separation at the beginning of a pre-school experience was studied. Super-8mm motion picture film was analyzed on a hand operated movie editor allowing a precise record of the segments of behavior to be made. Three factors emerged from the analysis: (1) the pre-school teacher facilitates parent-child separation, (2) warm parent-child affiliative behavior encourages mutually initiated separation, (3) reluctance of the child to separate from a rejecting parent who does not respond with affiliative behavior. Traditional mother-infant attachment theory has limited utility for interpreting the findings. For the majority of the children transition from parent to pre-school was made easily. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (Phoenix, Arizona, May 12-15, 1976)