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ERIC Number: EJ1065330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1520-3247
Middle Childhood Teacher-Child Relationships: Insights from an Attachment Perspective and Remaining Challenges
Verschueren, Karine
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n148 p77-91 Sum 2015
An increasing body of research points to the significance of teacher-child relationships in shaping children's development. Extending the research literature on early childhood, this review examines the value of an attachment perspective to the study of teacher-child relationships in middle childhood. First, we discuss the conceptualization and assessment of teacher-child relationship quality from an attachment perspective. Second, we examine how attachment theory guides the search for antecedents at the child and teacher level. Third, we discuss some of the mechanisms that may explain the developmental significance of teacher-child relationships according to attachment theory. Finally, we discuss how attachment theory has inspired interventions to improve teacher-child relationship quality. We conclude that middle childhood has been understudied in attachment-based teacher-child relationship research and that insights from attachment theory and other perspectives need to be combined to progress our understanding of the role of teacher-child relationships in middle childhood.
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Language: English
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