Infant proneness-to-distress temperament, maternal personality, and mother-infant attachment: associations and goodness of fit.

Abstract

66 mother-infant pairs were examined when the infants were 9 and 13 months. The purpose of this report was to examine relations between infant proneness-to-distress temperament, maternal personality characteristics, and mother-infant attachment. There were no main-effect relations between infant proneness-to-distress temperament as assessed at 9 months and infant attachment classification at 13 months. This was true whether security of attachment (A and C vs. B) or proposed temperament (A1-B2 vs. B3-C2) groupings of attachment classifications were examined. Infant proneness-to-distress temperament, however, was associated with maternal behavior and personality. Furthermore, security of attachment could be predicted by an interaction between maternal personality and infant proneness-to-distress. The importance of considering goodness-of-fit relations in predicting attachment security is discussed.

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@article{Mangelsdorf1990InfantPT, title={Infant proneness-to-distress temperament, maternal personality, and mother-infant attachment: associations and goodness of fit.}, author={Sarah C. Mangelsdorf and Megan R. Gunnar and Roberta Kestenbaum and Shinan Lang and Darian Andreas}, journal={Child development}, year={1990}, volume={61 3}, pages={820-31} }