ERIC Number: EJ924620
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
The Role of Attachment Representation in the Relationship between Depressive Symptomatology and Social Withdrawal in Middle Childhood
Gullone, Eleonora; Ollendick, Thomas H.; King, Neville J.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v15 n3 p263-277 Jun 2006
We investigated the relationships among attachment representation, social withdrawal, and depressive symptomatology in childhood. A total of 326 children aged 8 to 10 years participated in the study. Children completed a family drawing procedure to assess attachment representation, the Children's Depression Inventory and the Social Withdrawal subscale of the Personality Inventory for Youth. Social withdrawal and attachment representations indicative of attachment dysfunction were each found to be positively correlated with depressive symptomatology. Further, attachment representation was found to significantly moderate the relationship between withdrawal and depression such that the positive relationship between withdrawal and depression was attenuated in the absence of attachment representations indicative of attachment dysfunction.
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Children, Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Withdrawal (Psychology), Child Behavior, Freehand Drawing, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Childrens Depression Inventory