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ERIC Number: EJ882104
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Gender and Cultural Patterns of Mothers' and Fathers' Attachment and Links with Children's Self-Competence, Depression and Loneliness in Middle and Late Childhood
Richaud de Minzi, Maria Cristina
Early Child Development and Care, v180 n1-2 p193-209 Jan 2010
This study examined: (1) the independence of children's attachments to mother and father; (2) the relationships between father and mother quality of attachment and children's social and cognitive self-competence, depression and loneliness; and (3) differences in those relationships by gender. Spanish translations of standardised and self-report measures of mother and father attachment quality, scholastic and social competence, depression and loneliness were administered to 860 middle-class children, aged 8-12 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Children's attachment security with mothers was only moderately related to their attachment security with fathers, suggesting that these two constructs were somewhat independent. In addition, mother security and father security were uniquely predictive of children's social-emotional outcomes. Availability of and reliance on father most strongly predicted lowered depression scores for children. There were differences in father and mother attachment dimensions and child outcomes by child gender, and these differences can be explained in part by cultural factors. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Argentina (Buenos Aires)