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ERIC Number: ED411997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 11
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Infant-Father Attachment Relationship: Sensitive Challenges during Play with Toddler Is the Pivotal Feature.
Grossmann, Karin
The developmental origins and the longitudinal consequences of the infant-father attachment bond have been studied a number of times, but for the child-father attachment relationship, different developmental factors seem to play a role. It has been suggested that the importance of the child-father relationship may lie in the domain of coping with environmental challenges rather than in the attachment domain. This study tested this hypothesis longitudinally. Within a longitudinal study of 47 families, a number of data sets were tested for antecedent and longitudinal relations to infant-father attachment patterns as compared to father's sensitivity in challenging the toddler in an interactive play situation. Only very few significant longitudinal findings emerged for infant-father attachment qualities. But a father-child play situation at 24 months proved to be a pivotal situation. A large number of antecedent and longitudinal relations emerged between attachment variables and paternal sensitivity in challenging his toddler during play. Results showed that fathers influence their child's security by their sensitivity in challenging the toddler. Thus, there was evidence for a different central assessment situation for the father-child relationship than the mother-child relationship when later assessments of the child's security or inner working model of self are concerned. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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