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Attachment security and attentional breadth towards the attachment figure in middle childhood

Guy Bosmans (UGent) , Caroline Braet (UGent) , Ernst Koster (UGent) and Rudi De Raedt (UGent)
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To increase our understanding of the cognitive processes involved in internal working models of attachment, this study investigated the relationship between secure attachment and attentional breadth to mother using a dual task design. The content of the cues (mother versus unfamiliar women) and the duration of the presentation of the cues (34ms, 100ms and 250ms) were varied. The test was administered to 40 children between 9 and 12 years of age. As predicted, less securely attached children had a more narrow attentional field around mother at 34ms. Lower levels of maternal Autonomy Support, were similarly linked with a more narrow attentional field. In conformity with attachment theory, this effect was fully mediated by the child’s level of Trust towards mother.

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Bosmans, Guy, Caroline Braet, Ernst Koster, et al. “Attachment Security and Attentional Breadth Towards the Attachment Figure in Middle Childhood.” JOURNAL OF CLINICAL CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY 38.6 (2009): 872–882. Print.
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Bosmans, G., Braet, C., Koster, E., & De Raedt, R. (2009). Attachment security and attentional breadth towards the attachment figure in middle childhood. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY, 38(6), 872–882.
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Bosmans, Guy, Caroline Braet, Ernst Koster, and Rudi De Raedt. 2009. “Attachment Security and Attentional Breadth Towards the Attachment Figure in Middle Childhood.” Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 38 (6): 872–882.
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Bosmans, Guy, Caroline Braet, Ernst Koster, and Rudi De Raedt. 2009. “Attachment Security and Attentional Breadth Towards the Attachment Figure in Middle Childhood.” Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 38 (6): 872–882.
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Bosmans G, Braet C, Koster E, De Raedt R. Attachment security and attentional breadth towards the attachment figure in middle childhood. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY. 2009;38(6):872–82.
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G. Bosmans, C. Braet, E. Koster, and R. De Raedt, “Attachment security and attentional breadth towards the attachment figure in middle childhood,” JOURNAL OF CLINICAL CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY, vol. 38, no. 6, pp. 872–882, 2009.
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  abstract     = {To increase our understanding of the cognitive processes involved in internal working models of attachment, this study investigated the relationship between secure attachment and attentional breadth to mother using a dual task design. The content of the cues (mother versus unfamiliar women) and the duration of the presentation of the cues (34ms, 100ms and 250ms) were varied. The test was administered to 40 children between 9 and 12 years of age. As predicted, less securely attached children had a more narrow attentional field around mother at 34ms. Lower levels of maternal Autonomy Support, were similarly linked with a more narrow attentional field. In conformity with attachment theory, this effect was fully mediated by the child’s level of Trust towards mother.},
  author       = {Bosmans, Guy and Braet, Caroline and Koster, Ernst and De Raedt, Rudi},
  issn         = {1537-4416},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF CLINICAL CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {6},
  pages        = {872--882},
  title        = {Attachment security and attentional breadth towards the attachment figure in middle childhood},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15374410903258926},
  volume       = {38},
  year         = {2009},
}

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