Intergenerational relations of attachment: A research synthesis of urban/rural Mexican samples

Sonia Gojman, Salvador Millán, Elizabeth Carlson, Guadalupe Sánchez, Angélica Rodarte, Patricia González, Gerardo Hernández

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Intergenerational relations of attachment, including adult state of mind, adult care giving quality, and infant behavior, were examined in urban and rural samples. The sample included 66 dyads of contrasting populations, 35 middle-high urban Spanish speaking families and 31 rural Indian peasant families. Measures included the Adult Attachment Interview (George, Kaplan, & Main, 1985/1996), home observations of mother-infant, and the Strange Situation attachment assessment (Ainsworth, Blehar, Waters, & Wall, 1978). Reliability among independent coders of Spanish AAI transcripts was established for the first time. Moreover, significant relations among the instruments were found, supporting the validity of the AAI to predict infant's attachment classifications and mothers sensitive care of their infants across cultures. Results further supported the cross-cultural robustness of core features of attachment theory and, to some extent, the pathway from adult state of mind through responsive care to attachment security.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-566
Number of pages14
JournalAttachment and Human Development
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2012

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  • Adult Attachment Interview
  • care giving quality
  • cross-cultural attachment
  • states of mind

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