ERIC Number: EJ848062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Early Attachment Organization Moderates the Parent-Child Mutually Coercive Pathway to Children's Antisocial Conduct
Kochanska, Grazyna; Barry, Robin A.; Stellern, Sarah A.; O'Bleness, Jessica J.
Child Development, v80 n4 p1288-1300 Jul-Aug 2009
This multimethod study of 101 mothers, fathers, and children elucidates poorly understood role of children's attachment security as "moderating" a common maladaptive trajectory: from parental power assertion, to child resentful opposition, to child antisocial conduct. Children's security was assessed at 15 months, parents' power assertion observed at 25 and 38 months, children's resentful opposition to parents observed at 52 months, and antisocial conduct rated by parents at 67 months. Moderated mediation analyses indicated that in insecure dyads, parental power assertion predicted children's resentful opposition, which then predicted antisocial conduct. This mechanism was absent in secure dyads. Early insecurity acts as a catalyst for a dyad embarking on mutually adversarial path toward antisocial outcomes, whereas early security defuses this maladaptive trajectory.
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Attachment Behavior, Antisocial Behavior, Child Behavior, Social Behavior, Social Development, Mothers, Fathers, Child Rearing, Power Structure, Toddlers, Young Children, Predictor Variables, Child Development
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