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ERIC Number: EJ805609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1554-4893
Caregiver Sensitivity, Contingent Social Responsiveness, and Secure Infant Attachment
Dunst, Carl J.; Kassow, Danielle Z.
Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention, v5 n1 p40-56 2008
Findings from two research syntheses of the relationship between caregiver sensitivity and secure infant attachment and one research synthesis of factors associated with increased caregiver use of a sensitive interactional style are presented. The main focus of analysis was the extent to which different measures of caregiver contingent social responsiveness were important determinants of attachment outcomes. Results showed that caregiver interactional behavior that included some aspect of explicit contingent responsiveness was the best predictor of secure infant attachment, and that behavioral interventions that specifically targeted changes in this type in interactional style were most effective in changing caregiver behavior. Implications for practice are described. (Contains 3 tables, 2 figures, and 3 footnotes.)
Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. & The Behavior Analyst Online Organization. 535 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3220. Tel: 215-462-6737; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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