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ERIC Number: ED139546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Pages: 19
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Reference Count: 0
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Fathers and Sons: An Experimental Facilitation of Attachment Behaviors.
Zelazo, Philip, R.; And Others
This study examined the effects of increasing the amount and quality of father-son interaction at home on attachment and separation behavior in the laboratory situation. Twenty boys, 12 months of age, and their low interacting fathers participated in this study. Twelve father-son pairs received a list of games to be played each evening over a 4-week period. A control group of eight low interactiong father-son pairs did not initiate new activities. All children and both their mothers and fathers were assessed in a laboratory procedure before and after intervention. The children were examined in a free play situation with the mother and father present, and in a separation and reunion sequence involving both parents and a stranger. Results showed that children in the experimental group increased the number of interactions directed towards their fathers during free play following intervention relative to children in the control group. No apparent effects of increased father interaction were observed, however, on the display of protest occurring when the child was left alone with the stranger. (JMB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (New Orleans, Louisiana, March 17-20, 1977)