Q Methodology to Assess Child-Father Attachment.

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Journal Name
Early Child Development and Care
Journal Volume
180
Journal Issue
1 & 2
Page Count
18
Year Published
2010
Author (Individual)
John, Aesha.
Halliburton, Amy L.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
Unbound
Resource Language
English
This work aims to highlight the relevance of Stephenson's Q methodology (QM) for improving the assessment of child-father attachment relationships. We argue that reconceptualising the relationship can enhance the validity of assessment techniques and help in identifying the paternal behaviours that predict a secure child-father attachment pattern. To this end, we first review the inconclusive and sometimes contradictory findings about links among paternal behaviours, child-father security of attachment, and socio-emotional well-being. Second, the methodological challenges in assessing child-father interactions and relationships are outlined. Finally, with the help of empirical evidence, theoretical perspectives, and observational data gathered from child-father interactions, we substantiate the use of QM in conceptualising and assessing child-father attachment relationships. (Author abstract)

Note: This article is part of the journal special issue entitled Emerging Topics on Father Attachment: Considerations in Theory, Context and Development.

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