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ERIC Number: EJ972065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-930X
Children's Security in the Context of Family Instability and Maternal Communications
Winter, Marcia A.; Davies, Patrick T.; Cummings, E. Mark
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, v56 n2 Article 3 p131-142 Apr 2010
This multimethod study examined the association between family instability and children's internal representations of security in the family system within the context of maternal communications about disruptive family events. Participants included 224 kindergarten children (100 boys and 124 girls) and their parents. Parents reported on the frequency of unstable family events, mothers reported their patterns of communication to children following disruptive events, and children completed a story-stem battery to assess their internal representations of family security. Consistent with predictions, heightened family instability was associated with less security in child representations. The implication of these results for notions of children's security in the family system, including exploratory findings on the protective role of maternal communications for children's representations, are discussed. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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