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ERIC Number: EJ1145558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Change in Attachment Predicts Change in Emotion Regulation Particularly among "5-HTTLPR" Short-Allele Homozygotes
Viddal, Kristine Rensvik; Berg-Nielsen, Turid Suzanne; Belsky, Jay; Wichstrøm, Lars
Developmental Psychology, v53 n7 p1316-1329 Jul 2017
In view of the theory that the attachment relationship provides a foundation for the development of emotion regulation, here, we evaluated (a) whether change in attachment security from 4 to 6 years predicts change in emotion regulation from 6 to 8 years and (b) whether "5-HTTLPR" moderates this relation in a Norwegian community sample (n = 678, 99.7% Caucasian). Attachment was measured with the Manchester Child Attachment Story Task, and teachers completed the Emotion Regulation Checklist. Attachment security was modestly stable, with children becoming more secure over time. Regression analyses revealed that increased attachment security from 4 to 6 forecasted increases in emotion regulation from 6 to 8 and decreased attachment security forecasted decreases in emotion regulation. This effect was strongest among the "5-HTTLPR" short-allele homozygotes and, according to competitive model fitting, in a differential-susceptibility manner.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
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