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Examining Ecological Constraints on the Intergenerational Transmission of Attachment Via Individual Participant Data Meta‐analysis

Verhage, ML; Fearon, RMP; Schuengel, C; van IJzendoorn, MH; Bakermans-Kranenburg, MJ; Madigan, S; Roisman, GI; ... The Collaboration on Attachment Transmission Synthesis, TCATS; + view all (2018) Examining Ecological Constraints on the Intergenerational Transmission of Attachment Via Individual Participant Data Meta‐analysis. Child Development , 89 (6) pp. 2023-2037. 10.1111/cdev.13085. Green open access

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Abstract

Parents’ attachment representations and child–parent attachment have been shown to be associated, but these associations vary across populations (Verhage et al., 2016). The current study examined whether ecological factors may explain variability in the strength of intergenerational transmission of attachment, using individual participant data (IPD) meta‐analysis. Analyses on 4,396 parent–child dyads (58 studies, child age 11–96 months) revealed a combined effect size of r = .29. IPD meta‐analyses revealed that effect sizes for the transmission of autonomous‐secure representations to secure attachments were weaker under risk conditions and weaker in adolescent parent–child dyads, whereas transmission was stronger for older children. Findings support the ecological constraints hypothesis on attachment transmission. Implications for attachment theory and the use of IPD meta‐analysis are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Examining Ecological Constraints on the Intergenerational Transmission of Attachment Via Individual Participant Data Meta‐analysis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/cdev.13085
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13085
Language: English
Additional information: © 2018 The Authors. Child Development published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Society for Research in Child Development. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).
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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: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10050907
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