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ERIC Number: EJ876793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1325
Predictors of Attachment Security in Preschool Children from Intact and Divorced Families
Nair, Hira; Murray, Ann D.
Journal of Genetic Psychology, v166 n3 p245-263 Sep 2005
The authors selected 58 mother-child dyads from divorced and intact families to participate in a study on the impact of divorce on preschoolers' attachment security. The authors explored pathways that lead to security of attachment. They found that mothers from divorced families were younger, had lower income levels, and had lower levels of education compared with their intact counterparts. Divorced mothers also reported significantly higher levels of stress, depression, need for social support, and conflict with their spouses. Mothers from intact families were more likely to use positive (authoritative) parenting styles compared with divorced mothers. Children in the divorced group had lower security scores on the Attachment Q-Set instrument (E. Waters, 1995). Regression analyses indicated that parenting style made a direct (independent) contribution to attachment security. In addition, temperament was related to attachment security, but temperament did not diminish the association of parenting style with attachment security. Furthermore, regression analyses indicated that the relationship of divorce to attachment security was mediated by parenting style. (Contains 3 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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