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Understanding the Link between Maternal Adult Attachment Classifications and Thoughts and Feelings about Emotions
Attachment & Human Development
  • Carey Anne DeOliveira, Child and Parent Resource Institute
  • Greg Moran, University of Western Ontario
  • David R. Pederson, University of Western Ontario
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
6-1-2005
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine the associations between maternal representations of attachment, as assessed with the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI; George, Kaplan, & Main, 1996), and mothers' thoughts and feelings about their own emotions and emotions emerging in their toddlers. Eighty-nine adolescent mothers completed the AAI and the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D; Radloff, 1977) and Katz, Gottman, Shapiro, and Carrere's (1997) meta-emotion interview for parents of toddlers. Autonomous mothers demonstrated the most open and flexible mindset around a variety of emotions in themselves and their toddlers. Dismissing mothers exhibited a tendency to minimize internalizing emotions in themselves and their children, while unresolved mothers described the most emotion regulatory difficulties.
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Published in: Attachment & Human Development, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2005, pages 153-170. DOI: 10.1080/14616730500135032
Citation Information
Carey Anne DeOliveira, Greg Moran and David R. Pederson. "Understanding the Link between Maternal Adult Attachment Classifications and Thoughts and Feelings about Emotions" Attachment & Human Development Vol. 7 Iss. 2 (2005) p. 153 - 170
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gregmoran/23/