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ERIC Number: EJ808412
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0748-1187
Death Awareness, Maternal Separation Anxiety, and Attachment Style among First-Time Mothers--A Terror Management Perspective
Taubman-Ben-Ari, Orit; Katz-Ben-Ami, Liat
Death Studies, v32 n8 p737-756 Sep 2008
Two studies explored the interplay between death awareness, attachment style, and maternal separation anxiety among first-time mothers of infants aged 3-12 months. In Study 1 (N = 60), a higher accessibility of death-related thoughts was found following induction of thoughts about separation from the infant. In Study 2 (N = 100), a mortality salience induction led to higher maternal separation anxiety. Contrary to expectations, these findings were not moderated by mother's attachment style. The results are explained in terms of Terror Management Theory, and demonstrate its applicability to maternal emotions and cognitions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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