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Maternal mentalization: do online and offline measures independently predict attachment security?

Colbeck, K; (2014) Maternal mentalization: do online and offline measures independently predict attachment security? (n/a,, Trans.). Doctoral thesis (D.Clin.Psy), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Aims: It has been demonstrated that online and offline measures of maternal mentalization use relatively distinct neurological systems. As the unique influence of each on infant attachment classification has not yet been investigated, this study aims to compare the two. Method: A combined sample of “referred” and “non-referred” mother-infant pairs were coded for reflective functioning and representational risk at time one, and reflective functioning, representational risk, infant attachment style and mind-mindedness at time two, 12 months later. The relationships between these measures were investigated using correlation and regression analyses. Results: Reflective function and mind-mindedness were concurrently and predictively related, but with a shared variance of only 6%. Reflective function was not associated with attachment classification and mind-mindedness was associated with attachment security, but in the opposite direction than predicted. Conclusion: Reflective function and mind-mindedness may capture different aspects of mentalizing (explicit vs. implicit). Relationships between the measures of mentalization and infant attachment classification were not as predicted.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: D.Clin.Psy
Title: Maternal mentalization: do online and offline measures independently predict attachment security?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
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
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1459773
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