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ERIC Number: EJ775985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-1520-3247
Attachment and the Processing of Social Information in Adolescence
Dykas, Matthew J.; Cassidy, Jude
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n117 p41-56 Fall 2007
A key proposition of attachment theory is that experience-based cognitive representations of attachment, often referred to as internal working models of attachment, influence the manner in which individuals process attachment-relevant social information (Bowlby, 1969/1982, 1973, 1980; Bretherton & Munholland, 1999; Main, Kaplan, & Cassidy, 1985). This proposition, once examined predominantly in studies of children and adults, has garnered a considerable amount of theoretical and empirical attention recently from researchers interested in studying the nature of adolescent attachment. This attention has led to new theoretical models and empirical studies, and the mounting data have lent support to the notion that adolescents' internal working models of attachment are linked to their processing of attachment-relevant social information. In the light of these recent developments, the authors' goal in this chapter is to review this growing and important body of literature. They begin their review by discussing briefly the proposed structure and function of internal working models of attachment. This discussion focuses principally on internal working models' diverse social information processing properties and sets the stage for understanding how links between attachment and attachment-relevant social information processing emerge in adolescence. Next, the authors review empirical studies that have examined links between adolescent attachment and four aspects of information processing: memory, feedback seeking, perceptions of others, and secure base scripts. Finally, they end their review by providing general conclusions and several suggestions for future research. This chapter focuses on adolescents between the ages of thirteen and seventeen years.
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