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Children's emotion understanding in relation to attachment to mother and father

Psychogiou, L; Nath, S; Kallitsoglou, A; Dimatis, K; Parry, E; Russell, AE; Yilmaz, M; ... Moberly, NJ; + view all (2018) Children's emotion understanding in relation to attachment to mother and father. British Journal of Developmental Psychology , 36 (4) pp. 557-572. 10.1111/bjdp.12239. Green open access

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Abstract

Although attachment plays a key role in children’s socioemotional development, little attention has been paid to the role of children’s attachment to their father. This study examined whether insecure attachment to each parent was associated with reduced emotion understanding in children and whether children showed consistent attachments to their mother and father. We measured children’s attachment to each parent using the Manchester Child Attachment Story Task and child emotion understanding using the Test of Emotion Comprehension (children’s Mage = 5.64 years, SD = 0.84). The results indicated that insecure father-child attachment and insecure mother-child attachment were each associated with lower emotion understanding in children after controlling for parent’s depressive symptoms and children’s age. There was significant concordance of child attachment to mother and father. The findings provide support for convergence of children’s attachment across parents and suggest that father-child attachment is an important factor to consider when examining children’s emotion understanding.

Type: Article
Title: Children's emotion understanding in relation to attachment to mother and father
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/bjdp.12239
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/bjdp.12239
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Attachment to mother, attachment to father, emotion understanding, depressive symptoms, Manchester Child Attachment Story Task (MCAST)
UCL classification: UCL
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 Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Population, Policy and Practice Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10072942
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