Patterns of mother-infant interaction and attachment: A cluster-analytic approach

  • Fish M
  • Stifter C
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This study examined stability and change in patterns of mother-infant interaction between 5 and 10 months and their relation to attachment security at 18 months. Cluster analysis was used to identify patterns of dyadic interaction. There was significant, but not substantial, stability in cluster membership from 5 to 10 months. For females, being in the most optimal cluster at 5 months related to subsequent attachment security, regardless of the 10-month pattern of interaction. For males, who were significantly more likely to be insecure than females, insecure attachment was predicted by negative change from 5 to 10 months (moving from a more optimal to a less optimal cluster). © 1995.

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  • attachment
  • mother-infant interaction
  • sex differences

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  • Margaret Fish

  • Cynthia A. Stifter

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