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MEASURING THE GHOST IN THE NURSERY - AN EMPIRICAL-STUDY OF THE RELATION BETWEEN PARENTS MENTAL REPRESENTATIONS OF CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES AND THEIR INFANTS SECURITY OF ATTACHMENT

FONAGY, P; STEELE, M; MORAN, G; STEELE, H; HIGGITT, A; (1993) MEASURING THE GHOST IN THE NURSERY - AN EMPIRICAL-STUDY OF THE RELATION BETWEEN PARENTS MENTAL REPRESENTATIONS OF CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES AND THEIR INFANTS SECURITY OF ATTACHMENT. J AM PSYCHOANAL ASS , 41 (4) 957 - 989.

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Abstract

This paper presents a summary of the Anna Freud Centre-University College London, Parent-Child Project. Its most important finding was that the security of the infants' relationship with both parents at 12 and 18 months could be predicted on the basis of qualitative aspects of the parents' accounts of their own childhoods collected before the birth of the child. This confirmed Selma Fraiberg's observations concerning the reemergence of childhood conflicts at early stages of childbearing. Possible mechanisms mediating this link are explored with particular reference to the role of the parents' accurate mental representations of the infants' mental world.

Type: Article
Title: MEASURING THE GHOST IN THE NURSERY - AN EMPIRICAL-STUDY OF THE RELATION BETWEEN PARENTS MENTAL REPRESENTATIONS OF CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES AND THEIR INFANTS SECURITY OF ATTACHMENT
Keywords: QUALITY, MIND, PSYCHOANALYSIS
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/170225
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