SECURITY OF ATTACHMENT AND PARENTING: Homeless and Low-Income Housed Mothers and Infants

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  • M. Ann Easterbrooks Ph.D.,

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      Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155 [e-mail: aeasterb@emerald.tufts.edu]
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      Submitted to the Journal in February 1999. Authors are at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University, Medford, Mass.

  • Christine A. Graham M.A.

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      Submitted to the Journal in February 1999. Authors are at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University, Medford, Mass.


Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155 [e-mail: aeasterb@emerald.tufts.edu]

Abstract

A racially diverse sample of 112 low-income and homeless mothers of infants was examined for associations among housing status (homeless vs. housed), parenting practices, and infant attachment. Results demonstrated few effects of housing status on characteristics of parenting or security of attachment. Security of infant attachment was found to be related to parenting practices and parenting difficulties. Implications of the findings are discussed.

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