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ERIC Number: EJ1065322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1520-3247
Commentary--Attachment in Middle Childhood: Looking Back, Forward, and Within
Steele, Howard
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n148 p99-104 Sum 2015
This commentary discusses the articles that comprise this special issue on attachment in middle childhood. Central to this discussion is the distinction between verbal, strategic, and conscious responses to questionnaires as compared to verbal and nonverbal, automatic and largely unconscious responses to interviews. Both methods have been developed to study attachment in middle childhood, often leading to divergent results. Research going forward should include both types of methods in order to maximize the potential for meaningful research and effective clinical work. Ongoing issues of importance for the field include the need to take account of differential susceptibility theory, culture-specific influences, and possible gender differences. This commentary is organized into three sections--looking within, looking behind, and looking ahead--a tripartite distinction that reflects developmental as well as theoretical and applied perspectives vital to hold in mind when researching attachment in middle childhood.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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