ERIC Number: EJ942173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
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Reference Count: 55
Maternal and Child Anxiety: Do Attachment Beliefs or Children's Perceptions of Maternal Control Mediate Their Association?
Costa, Natalie M.; Weems, Carl F.
Social Development, v14 n4 p574-590 Nov 2005
This study tested a model of the association between maternal and child anxiety that views mother and child attachment beliefs and children's perceptions of maternal control as mediators of the association. The study was conducted with mothers and their children aged 6 to 17 (N = 88). Maternal anxiety was significantly associated with child anxiety and maternal anxious attachment beliefs, whereas child anxiety was associated with maternal anxious attachment beliefs, child insecure attachment beliefs, and children's perceptions of maternal control. Maternal anxious attachment beliefs mediated the association between maternal and child anxiety; however, child attachment beliefs and children's perceptions of maternal control did not. The influence of age and gender is also addressed. The findings are discussed in terms of elucidating the role of attachment beliefs and children's perceptions of maternal control on the association between maternal and child anxiety.
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Anxiety, Mothers, Parent Influence, Attachment Behavior, Childhood Attitudes, Power Structure, Parenting Styles, Children, Adolescents, Correlation, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Child Development
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