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Mind-mindedness as a multidimensional construct : Appropriate and nonattuned mind-related comments independently predict infant–mother attachment in a socially diverse sample.

Meins, E. and Fernyhough, C. and de Rosnay, M. and Arnott, B. and Leekam, S. R. and Turner, M. (2012) 'Mind-mindedness as a multidimensional construct : Appropriate and nonattuned mind-related comments independently predict infant–mother attachment in a socially diverse sample.', Infancy., 17 (4). pp. 393-415.

Abstract

In a socially diverse sample of 206 infant–mother pairs, we investigated predictors of infants’ attachment security at 15 months, with a particular emphasis on mothers’ tendency to comment appropriately or in a non-attuned manner on their 8-month-olds’ internal states (so-called mind-mindedness). Multinomial logistic regression analyses showed that higher scores for appropriate mind-related comments and lower scores for non-attuned mind-related comments distinguished secure-group mothers from their counterparts in the insecure-avoidant, insecure-resistant, and insecure-disorganized groups. Higher scores for appropriate mind-related comments and lower scores for non-attuned mind-related comments also independently predicted dichotomous organized/disorganized attachment. General maternal sensitivity predicted neither attachment security nor organization, although sensitivity was found to relate to dichotomous secure/insecure attachment specifically in the context of low socioeconomic status. The findings highlight how appropriate and non-attuned mind-related comments make independent contributions to attachment and suggest that mind-mindedness is best characterized as a multidimensional construct.

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Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-7078.2011.00087.x
Record Created:09 Nov 2012 12:20
Last Modified:13 Nov 2012 16:15

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