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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 1/2016

30-04-2015 | Original Paper

Lack of Trust in Maternal Support is Associated with Negative Interpretations of Ambiguous Maternal Behavior

Auteurs: Simon De Winter, Eva Vandevivere, Theodore E. A. Waters, Caroline Braet, Guy Bosmans

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 1/2016

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Abstract

Attachment theory assumes that children who lack trust in maternal availability for support are more inclined to interpret maternal behavior in congruence with their expectation that mother will remain unavailable for support. To provide the first test of this assumption, early adolescents (9–13 years old) were asked to assess whether ambiguous interactions with mother should be interpreted in a positive or a negative way. In our sample (n = 322), results showed that early adolescents’ lack of trust in their mother’s availability for support was related to more negative interpretations of maternal behavior. The associations remained significant after controlling for depressive mood. The importance of these findings for our understanding of attachment theory, attachment stability, and clinical practice are discussed.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Lack of Trust in Maternal Support is Associated with Negative Interpretations of Ambiguous Maternal Behavior
Auteurs
Simon De Winter
Eva Vandevivere
Theodore E. A. Waters
Caroline Braet
Guy Bosmans
Publicatiedatum
30-04-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 1/2016
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-015-0197-4

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