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ERIC Number: ED422118
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Pages: 8
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The Effects of Secure Attachments on Preschool Children's Conflict Management Skills.
Kesner, John
This study examined the relationship between the security of children's attachment relationships to parents and teachers and how children negotiate and manage conflicts. Sixty-six preschool-aged children participated in story completion tasks regarding their attachment relationship with parents and teachers, and in hypothetical situations involving preschool-based conflict. The sample was predominantly African American, with a wide range of socioeconomic groups represented. Forty-five percent of the children came from single parent homes. Security of attachment to parents was determined with the Attachment Story Completion Task (ASCT). A modified version of the ASCT was used to determine attachment of children to their teachers. The findings indicated that those children who were securely attached to their parents had more constructive strategies and resolutions for the hypothetical conflicts than did children with insecure attachments. The security of the children's relationship with their teachers was not related to conflict management skills. Socioeconomic status, gender, and family status were not related to conflict management skills. In general, boys had significantly less secure relationships with both teachers and parents than did girls. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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