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ERIC Number: EJ776678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0033-3085
Dependency on Elementary School Caregivers: The Role of Parental Intrusiveness and Children's Separation Anxiety
Wood, Jeffrey J.; Kiff, Cara; Jacobs, Jeffrey; Ifekwunigwe, Muriel; Piacentini, John C.
Psychology in the Schools, v44 n8 p823-837 Oct 2007
A theoretical model of children's dependency on teachers and other caregivers in elementary school was tested and supported in this study. Based on attachment theory and social-cognitive theory, parental intrusiveness and children's separation anxiety were hypothesized to heighten dependent behaviors with school caregivers. Families of children in Grades K-5 participated. Parent- and child-report measures with good psychometric properties were employed. Parental intrusiveness and children's separation anxiety were associated with clingy, dependent relationships with school caregivers in cross-informant correlational analyses. Intrusiveness and separation anxiety jointly accounted for 18%-29% of the variance in dependency scores. Results are consistent with attachment models of continuity between parent-child relationships and relations with other caregivers. Practice recommendations for teachers and school providers are given. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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