Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factors related to changes in infant attachment security: A test of the differential susceptibility hypothesis
by Stupica, Brandi Shawn, M.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 2009, 80; 1469467
Abstract (Summary)

A major tenet of attachment theory is that the stability of the caregiving environment drives the stability of infant attachment security. The research investigating the factors related to the stability and change of infant attachment is limited by its lack attention to infant characteristics related to attachment stability outcomes. The newly developed differential susceptibility hypothesis posits that temperamentally difficult children are more influenced by their caregiving environment. In the present study, I examine infant irritability as a moderator of the link between changes in maternal (a) depressive symptomatology, (b) life satisfaction, and (c) parenting self-efficacy on changes in infant attachment security between 12 and 18 months.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cassidy, Jude
Commitee: Lejuez, Carl, Woodward, Amanda
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: MAI 48/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Developmental psychology
Keywords: Attachment, Change, Continuity, Differential susceptibility, Infancy, Temperament
Publication Number: 1469467
ISBN: 978-1-109-38366-9
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