Title

Understanding the Link between Maternal Adult Attachment Classifications and Thoughts and Feelings about Emotions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2005

Journal

Attachment & Human Development

Volume

7

Issue

2

First Page

153

Last Page

170

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the associations between maternal representations of attachment, as assessed with the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI; George, Kaplan, & Main, 1996), and mothers' thoughts and feelings about their own emotions and emotions emerging in their toddlers. Eighty-nine adolescent mothers completed the AAI and the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CES-D; Radloff, 1977) and Katz, Gottman, Shapiro, and Carrere's (1997) meta-emotion interview for parents of toddlers. Autonomous mothers demonstrated the most open and flexible mindset around a variety of emotions in themselves and their toddlers. Dismissing mothers exhibited a tendency to minimize internalizing emotions in themselves and their children, while unresolved mothers described the most emotion regulatory difficulties.

Notes

Published in: Attachment & Human Development, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2005, pages 153-170. DOI: 10.1080/14616730500135032