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Associations Between Attachment Security and Social Competence in Preschool Children

Title
Associations Between Attachment Security and Social Competence in Preschool Children
Authors
Verissimo, ManuelaSantos, Antonio J.Fernandes, CarlaShin, NanaVaughn, Brian E.
Ewha Authors
신나나
SCOPUS Author ID
신나나scopus
Issue Date
2014
Journal Title
MERRILL-PALMER QUARTERLY-JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
ISSN
0272-930XJCR Link1535-0266JCR Link
Citation
vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 80 - 99
Publisher
WAYNE STATE UNIV PRESS
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS
Abstract
Attachment theorists suggest that attachment security with parents supports the quality of social adaptation in peer groups during early childhood, and numerous studies supporting this conjecture have been published. Most of these studies used enacted representations rather than mental representations of attachment security, and most studies examining mental representations used adult (parent or teacher) ratings of peer-group adaptation. Our study tested relations between preschool children's (N = 147; age 48-69 months) mental representations of attachment by using the Attachment Story Completion Task and child-level indicators of social competence based on direct observations and sociometric interviews. General intelligence tests were administered to control for effects of developmental level on child narrative production. Analyses revealed positive, significant associations between attachment measures and all social competence composites. Children with more secure attachment representations were more socially engaged and more likely to exhibit social, emotional, and cognitive skills that contribute to peer acceptance. Results support the hypothesis that attachment security is a foundational support for peer social competence.
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