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Lack of trust in maternal support is associated with negative interpretations of ambiguous maternal behavior

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Attachment theory assumes that children who lack trust in maternal availability for support are more inclined to interpret maternal behavior in congruence with their expectation that mother will remain unavailable for support. To provide the first test of this assumption, early adolescents (9-13 years old) were asked to assess whether ambiguous interactions with mother should be interpreted in a positive or a negative way. In our sample (n = 322), results showed that early adolescents' lack of trust in their mother's availability for support was related to more negative interpretations of maternal behavior. The associations remained significant after controlling for depressive mood. The importance of these findings for our understanding of attachment theory, attachment stability, and clinical practice are discussed.
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MIDDLE CHILDHOOD, SOCIAL-INTERACTION, LIFE-SPAN, ATTACHMENT, INFORMATION, MEMORY, EXPERIENCES, MODELS, SELF, BIAS, Attachment, Early adolescence, Interpretation bias, Trust

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De Winter, Simon, Eva Vandevivere, Theodore Waters, Caroline Braet, and Guy Bosmans. 2016. “Lack of Trust in Maternal Support Is Associated with Negative Interpretations of Ambiguous Maternal Behavior.” Journal of Child and Family Studies 25 (1): 146–151.
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De Winter, Simon, Vandevivere, E., Waters, T., Braet, C., & Bosmans, G. (2016). Lack of trust in maternal support is associated with negative interpretations of ambiguous maternal behavior. JOURNAL OF CHILD AND FAMILY STUDIES, 25(1), 146–151.
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De Winter S, Vandevivere E, Waters T, Braet C, Bosmans G. Lack of trust in maternal support is associated with negative interpretations of ambiguous maternal behavior. JOURNAL OF CHILD AND FAMILY STUDIES. New york: Springer; 2016;25(1):146–51.
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De Winter, Simon, Eva Vandevivere, Theodore Waters, et al. “Lack of Trust in Maternal Support Is Associated with Negative Interpretations of Ambiguous Maternal Behavior.” JOURNAL OF CHILD AND FAMILY STUDIES 25.1 (2016): 146–151. Print.
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  abstract     = {Attachment theory assumes that children who lack trust in maternal availability for support are more inclined to interpret maternal behavior in congruence with their expectation that mother will remain unavailable for support. To provide the first test of this assumption, early adolescents (9-13 years old) were asked to assess whether ambiguous interactions with mother should be interpreted in a positive or a negative way. In our sample (n = 322), results showed that early adolescents' lack of trust in their mother's availability for support was related to more negative interpretations of maternal behavior. The associations remained significant after controlling for depressive mood. The importance of these findings for our understanding of attachment theory, attachment stability, and clinical practice are discussed.},
  author       = {De Winter, Simon and Vandevivere, Eva and Waters, Theodore  and Braet, Caroline and Bosmans, Guy},
  issn         = {1062-1024},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF CHILD AND FAMILY STUDIES},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {146--151},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  title        = {Lack of trust in maternal support is associated with negative interpretations of ambiguous maternal behavior},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10826-015-0197-4},
  volume       = {25},
  year         = {2016},
}

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