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Maternal Narratives Contribute to Foundations of the Child’s Inner World

Maternal Narratives Contribute to Foundations of the Child’s Inner World Steele, Perez, Segal, and Steele (2016) contributed with an informative study, showing that adolescents’ reflective functioning (RF) is predicted by maternal attachment representation, which was assessed even before the youth were born using the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI; George, Kaplan, & Main, 1985). Such a result is in line with previous findings from the London Parent-Child Project (Steele & Steele, 2005) and with years of attachment research, positing the vital role of maternal state of mind in shaping the child’s inner world.For years, researchers have been dedicated to answering the question of how those effects are produced. The classic model explains the link between maternal state of mind and child development through maternal sensitivity, arguing that the way in which the mother reflects upon her own attachment experiences influences her capacity to respond to her child’s needs (Main, Kaplan, & Cassidy, 1985). Empirical results supported this view, showing that autonomous mothers display more sensitive behavior toward their children (De Wolff & van IJzendoorn, 1997), which, in turn, influences a child’s emotional and mental processes (Grossmann, Grossmann, Winter, & Zimmermann, 2002).There is reason to believe, however, that maternal state of mind may contribute to the child’s inner world not just http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Developmental Science IOS Press

Maternal Narratives Contribute to Foundations of the Child’s Inner World

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IOS Press
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2192-001X
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10.3233/DEV-16203
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Abstract

Steele, Perez, Segal, and Steele (2016) contributed with an informative study, showing that adolescents’ reflective functioning (RF) is predicted by maternal attachment representation, which was assessed even before the youth were born using the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI; George, Kaplan, & Main, 1985). Such a result is in line with previous findings from the London Parent-Child Project (Steele & Steele, 2005) and with years of attachment research, positing the vital role of maternal state of mind in shaping the child’s inner world.For years, researchers have been dedicated to answering the question of how those effects are produced. The classic model explains the link between maternal state of mind and child development through maternal sensitivity, arguing that the way in which the mother reflects upon her own attachment experiences influences her capacity to respond to her child’s needs (Main, Kaplan, & Cassidy, 1985). Empirical results supported this view, showing that autonomous mothers display more sensitive behavior toward their children (De Wolff & van IJzendoorn, 1997), which, in turn, influences a child’s emotional and mental processes (Grossmann, Grossmann, Winter, & Zimmermann, 2002).There is reason to believe, however, that maternal state of mind may contribute to the child’s inner world not just

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International Journal of Developmental ScienceIOS Press

Published: Jan 1, 2016

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