publication . Article . Other literature type . 2011

Attachment discontinuity in a high-risk sample

Elizabeth A. Carlson; Mark J. Van Ryzin; L. Alan Sroufe;
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2011 Journal: Attachment & Human Development, volume 13, pages 381-401 (issn: 1461-6734, eissn: 1469-2988, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Abstract
In this study, we evaluated complex patterns of attachment discontinuity across time in 133 individuals from the Minnesota Study of Risk and Adaptation. In addition to individuals who were either insecure or secure across infancy, late adolescence, and adulthood (Stably Insecure and Stably Secure, respectively), we found three additional groups: Infant/Adolescent Secure, Infant/Adult Secure, and Infant-only Secure. Changes in attachment representations in these groups across time corresponded to stresses and supports in the socio-emotional context. The two groups classified as secure in adulthood (Stably Secure and Infant/Adult Secure) experienced more positive ...
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free text keywords: Developmental and Educational Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental health, Article, Peer group, Social environment, Strange situation, Psychometrics, Object Attachment, Psychology, Developmental psychology, Attachment measures, Social support, Young adult, Social psychology
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