Characteristics of Parental Sensitivity Related to Secure Infant Attachment


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Nine characteristics of parental sensitivity were examined to discern which interactional behaviors best predicted attachment security. Parental behaviors most associated with attachment security included parent/child turn-taking interactions and supportive and reassuring infants that the parent is available for guidance and assistance when needed. Parental behaviors that can strengthen the parent/child relationship are described.

Authors: Danielle Z. Kassow, Carl J. Dunst
Published: 2005