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ERIC Number: ED312055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 13
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Internal Working Models of Caregiving and Security of Attachment at Age Six.
George, Carol; Solomon, Judith
A study concerning the mother's mental representation of herself as a caregiver focused on: (1) a conceptual framework developed for the purpose of describing and explaining internal working models of caregiving; and (2) efforts to define caregivers' representations of content and process that seem to be associated with attachment insecurity. Specific attention was given to the dimensions of control and disorganization in attachment. It was postulated that mothers would positively evaluate their willingness to respond to their children, their ability to read and understand their children's signals, and the effectiveness of their caregiving strategies. The mother would view her child as one who wants and deserves her care, who clearly signals what is needed, and who needs and will respond to her care. In a central relationship postulate, the mother would assert that she and her child are autonomous individuals in a relationship. The study collected data from 32 mothers and their kindergarten children by means of three home observations, a laboratory session, a caregiving interview, and 7-point helplessness and secure base scales. Results included findings that the mother's representations of herself as helpless and the child as beyond control are related to the child's control and disorganization. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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