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Preadolescents' Maternal Attachment: Conceptualization, Measurement, and Relation to Social Adjustment

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1993
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A conceptualization of maternal attachment during preadolescence was proposed, and a self-report instrument designed to measure preadolescents' maternal attachment style was developed. It was hypothesized that preadolescents' attachment style is related to their social adjustment with peers. Subjects were 229 third through seventh graders. Results indicated that avoidant preadolescent girls were seen by peers as demonstrating externalizing behaviors with peers. Also, the more avoidant the girls were, the more enemies they had. Preoccupied preadolescent boys were viewed by peers as exhibiting internalizing behaviors: These boys were seen as victimized, immature, depressed, fearful, and physically weak. In contrast, avoidant boys were perceived as aggressive, dishonest, and physically strong.
Title: Preadolescents' Maternal Attachment: Conceptualization, Measurement, and Relation to Social Adjustment.
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Name(s): Finnegan, Regina Ann
Perry, David G., Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 1993
Date Issued: 1993
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: pdf
Extent: 74 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: A conceptualization of maternal attachment during preadolescence was proposed, and a self-report instrument designed to measure preadolescents' maternal attachment style was developed. It was hypothesized that preadolescents' attachment style is related to their social adjustment with peers. Subjects were 229 third through seventh graders. Results indicated that avoidant preadolescent girls were seen by peers as demonstrating externalizing behaviors with peers. Also, the more avoidant the girls were, the more enemies they had. Preoccupied preadolescent boys were viewed by peers as exhibiting internalizing behaviors: These boys were seen as victimized, immature, depressed, fearful, and physically weak. In contrast, avoidant boys were perceived as aggressive, dishonest, and physically strong.
Identifier: FA00000759 (IID)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1968.
Subject(s): Attachment behavior in children
Mother and child
Child development
Socialization
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