Paternal Involvement and Infant-Father Attachment : a Q-set Study.

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Journal Name
Fathering
Journal Volume
2
Journal Issue
2
Page Count
20
Year Published
2004
Author (Individual)
Caldera, Yvonne M.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
PDF
The primary purpose of this report was to investigate the correlates of attachment security with fathers and the concordance of mother-infant and father-infant attachment as measured by the Attachment Q-set (AQS, Waters, 1987). Sixty fathers and mothers of 14-month old infants independently described their child using the 90-item AQS and completed questionnaires about their involvement in and attitudes toward child-rearing and self-esteem. Mother-child interactions were observed in a play situation. Fathers reporting greater engagement in child caretaking activities described their children as more securely attached. Significant concordance between parents' AQS was obtained; however, this concordance was not due to generalization of interaction patterns across parents. That is, observed maternal sensitivity predicted maternal but not paternal security scores from the AQS. (Author abstract).

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