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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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BORTOLINI, Marcela  and  PICCININI, Cesar Augusto. Maternal attachment representations, mother-child relationship and child's insecure attachment: a qualitative study. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.3, pp. 1101-1121. ISSN 1808-4281.

Maternal attachment with their own caregivers tends to influence their later relationships, especially the mother-child relationship. This expectation, based on the literature, guided present study that aimed to investigate mother's experiences, mother's attachment with her caregivers and child's insecure attachment. Two mother-child dyads participated, in which the child had insecure attachment behaviors [selected in a sample of 63 participants]. The mothers answered instruments that evaluated care received; representations of attachment; mother-child relationship and the child's attachment behaviors. The results revealed consistency between the care received little sensitive, non-autonomy incentives, maternal insecure attachment and child's insecure attachment behaviors. These results support the literature and point out the importance of early evaluations and interventions to avoid the intergenerational transmission of insecure attachment pattern.

Keywords : insecure attachment; representation; relation; mother-child.

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