Relationship Between Parent Contingent- Responsiveness and Attachment Outcomes


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Early parental contingent-responsiveness is an important determinant of later secure child attachment. Parental contingent-responsiveness refers to parental behavior emitted in response to child behavior that influences child behavior outcomes. Parental contingent-responsiveness was assessed prior to the child reaching 8 months of age, and child attachment was assessed between 12 to 15 months of age. Findings indicated a discernible relationship between parental contingent-responsiveness and attachment outcomes for young children. 17 Pages

Author: Danielle Z. Kassow, Carl J. Dunst
Published: 2004