This project was supported with a grant from the W. T. Grant Foundation, grant number 2610.
Attachment Style, Vagal Tone, and Empathy During Mother–Adolescent Interactions
Article first published online: 14 OCT 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Journal of Research on Adolescence © 2011 Society for Research on Adolescence
Journal of Research on Adolescence
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 165–184, March 2012
How to Cite
Diamond, L. M., Fagundes, C. P. and Butterworth, M. R. (2012), Attachment Style, Vagal Tone, and Empathy During Mother–Adolescent Interactions. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 22: 165–184. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2011.00762.x
- Issue published online: 17 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 14 OCT 2011
- W. T. Grant Foundation. Grant Number: 2610
Vol. 22, Issue 3, 596, Article first published online: 15 AUG 2012
We tested associations among empathic responsiveness, attachment style, and vagal tone (a physiologic index of emotion regulation) in 103 mother–adolescent dyads. Dyads discussed positive and negative topics and then separately reviewed a videotape of the interaction and rated their own and the other person's affect at one-minute intervals. We used multilevel modeling to analyze the association between one's rating of the other person's affect and the other person's affect (empathic sensitivity), and the association between one's rating of the other person's affect and one's own affect (perceived concordance). Adolescents’ empathic responsiveness was predicted by attachment style, vagal tone, and interactions between them. Adolescents with the greatest empathic responsiveness had low levels of attachment insecurity and high levels of vagal tone.