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Good partner, good parent: Caregiving mediates the link between romantic attachment and parenting style

Millings, A, Walsh, J, Hepper, E and O'Brien, M (2013) Good partner, good parent: Caregiving mediates the link between romantic attachment and parenting style Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39 (2). pp. 170-180.

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This cross-sectional, dyadic questionnaire study examined the contribution of romantic attachment and responsive caregiving to parenting style, investigating both gender and partner effects. One hundred and twenty-five couples with children aged 7 to 8 years completed measures of attachment styles, responsive caregiving toward partner, and parenting styles. Structural Equation Modeling was used to examine the intra- and interpersonal associations between romantic attachment, caregiving responsiveness, and parenting styles. Attachment avoidance and anxiety were both negatively associated with responsive caregiving to partner, which in turn was positively associated with authoritative (optimal) parenting styles and negatively associated with authoritarian and permissive (nonoptimal) parenting styles. Responsive caregiving mediated all links between attachment and parenting, with an additional direct association between attachment anxiety and nonoptimal parenting styles that was not explained by caregiving responsiveness. Findings are discussed with reference to attachment theory.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Millings, A
Walsh, J
Hepper, E
O'Brien, M
Date : 5 February 2013
DOI : 10.1177/0146167212468333
Uncontrolled Keywords : attachment, responsiveness, caregiving, parenting, couples
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Additional Information : Published in "Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39 (2), 170-180, 2013. Copyright 2013 Sage Publications. Available at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Nov 2013 16:45
Last Modified : 09 Jun 2014 13:14

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