Relationship Measures Of Attachment Security And Parental Sensitivity

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The current study investigated the relationship measures of attachment security, parental sensitivity, emotional availability, and child attachment classifications in high-risk parent-child dyads. The first hypothesis was only partially supported, all home- and lab-based measures were positively related but were not all significant. Consistent with past research, home-based measures of attachment security and parental sensitivity were strongly positively related, which adds to the literature supporting the validity of the AQS and MBQS-mini (Tarabulsy, et al., 2009). Moreover, these findings were anticipated as the two measures are complementary and can be assessed using the same parent-child observations. Parental sensitivity was related to all EA dimensions. In contrast, attachment security was not related to any dimensions of EA, except the dimension of adult structuring. The latter findings failed to replicate results in past research which linked measures of attachment security to dimensions of EA (Biringen et al., 2014). Childhood attachment classifications obtained through the Strange Situation Procedure (SSP) were also examined in this study. Disorganized attachment has shown to be the most detrimental on children. Given the high risk sample, the current study had an even split of secure and disorganized children. These results have been replicated in the past by Easterbrooks, Biesecker, and Lyons-Ruth (2000) with low-income high psychosocial risk families. The
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