Transition to child care: associations with infant-mother attachment, infant negative emotion, and cortisol elevations.

@article{Ahnert2004TransitionTC,
  title={Transition to child care: associations with infant-mother attachment, infant negative emotion, and cortisol elevations.},
  author={Lieselotte Ahnert and Megan R. Gunnar and Michael E Lamb and Martina Barthel},
  journal={Child development},
  year={2004},
  volume={75 3},
  pages={
          639-50
        }
}
Seventy 15-month-old infants were studied at home before starting child care, during adaptation (mothers present) and separation (first 9 days without mothers) phases, and 5 months later. Security of infant-mother attachment was assessed before and 3 months after child care began. In the separation phase, salivary cortisol rose over the first 60 min following the mothers' departures to levels that were 75% to 100% higher than at home. Compared with insecure infants, secure infants had markedly… CONTINUE READING
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