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ERIC Number: EJ939117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Using Attachment Theory to Inform Practice in an Integrated Centre for Children and Families
Charlwood, Natasha; Steele, Howard
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v12 n2 p59-74 2004
This paper provides a brief overview of the origins of attachment theory and its current relevance to early childhood research and education. The empirical component of the work reported here concerns the use of the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) with mothers in a multi-disciplinary, multi-functional early childhood setting, the Pen Green Centre for Under-Fives and Their Families, in Corby, Northamptonshire. The hypothesis was that mothers' responses to the AAI would correlate with independent ratings of their children's social and emotional well-being as measured by a previously validated set of preschool rating scales. Emotional insecurity and past experiences of loss and trauma figured prominently in the interviews obtained from 15 mothers from this socio-economically disadvantaged population. Results confirmed the hypothesis that ratings of mothers' probable past experiences and current states of mind regarding attachment were powerfully correlated with their children's well-being. Discussion concerns the place of the AAI in working with parents and facilitating children's emotional well being in early years settings. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)