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Mind-mindedness as a multidimensional construct: Appropriate and nonattuned mind-related comments independently predict infant-mother attachment in a socially diverse sample

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In a socially diverse sample of 206 infant–mother pairs, we investigated predictors of infants’ attachment security at 15 months, with a particular emphasis on mothers’ tendency to comment appropriately or in a non-attuned manner on their 8-month-olds’ internal states (so-called mind-mindedness). Multinomial logistic regression analyses showed that higher scores for appropriate mind-related comments and lower scores for non-attuned mind-related comments distinguished secure-group mothers from their counterparts in the insecure-avoidant, insecure-resistant, and insecure-disorganized groups. Higher scores for appropriate mind-related comments and lower scores for non-attuned mind-related comments also independently predicted dichotomous organized/disorganized attachment. General maternal sensitivity predicted neither attachment security nor organization, although sensitivity was found to relate to dichotomous secure/insecure attachment specifically in the context of low socioeconomic status. The findings highlight how appropriate and non-attuned mind-related comments make independent contributions to attachment and suggest that mind-mindedness is best characterized as a multidimensional construct.

UOW Authors


  •   Meins, Elizabeth (external author)
  •   Fernyhough, Charles (external author)
  •   de Rosnay, Marc
  •   Arnott, Bronia (external author)
  •   Leekam, Susan R. (external author)
  •   Turner, Michelle (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Meins, E., Fernyhough, C., de Rosnay, M., Arnott, B., Leekam, S. R. & Turner, M. (2012). Mind-mindedness as a multidimensional construct: Appropriate and nonattuned mind-related comments independently predict infant-mother attachment in a socially diverse sample. Infancy, 17 (4), 393-415.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84861946122

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1534

Number Of Pages


  • 22

Start Page


  • 393

End Page


  • 415

Volume


  • 17

Issue


  • 4

Abstract


  • In a socially diverse sample of 206 infant–mother pairs, we investigated predictors of infants’ attachment security at 15 months, with a particular emphasis on mothers’ tendency to comment appropriately or in a non-attuned manner on their 8-month-olds’ internal states (so-called mind-mindedness). Multinomial logistic regression analyses showed that higher scores for appropriate mind-related comments and lower scores for non-attuned mind-related comments distinguished secure-group mothers from their counterparts in the insecure-avoidant, insecure-resistant, and insecure-disorganized groups. Higher scores for appropriate mind-related comments and lower scores for non-attuned mind-related comments also independently predicted dichotomous organized/disorganized attachment. General maternal sensitivity predicted neither attachment security nor organization, although sensitivity was found to relate to dichotomous secure/insecure attachment specifically in the context of low socioeconomic status. The findings highlight how appropriate and non-attuned mind-related comments make independent contributions to attachment and suggest that mind-mindedness is best characterized as a multidimensional construct.

UOW Authors


  •   Meins, Elizabeth (external author)
  •   Fernyhough, Charles (external author)
  •   de Rosnay, Marc
  •   Arnott, Bronia (external author)
  •   Leekam, Susan R. (external author)
  •   Turner, Michelle (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Meins, E., Fernyhough, C., de Rosnay, M., Arnott, B., Leekam, S. R. & Turner, M. (2012). Mind-mindedness as a multidimensional construct: Appropriate and nonattuned mind-related comments independently predict infant-mother attachment in a socially diverse sample. Infancy, 17 (4), 393-415.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84861946122

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1534

Number Of Pages


  • 22

Start Page


  • 393

End Page


  • 415

Volume


  • 17

Issue


  • 4