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Security of attachment and trust beliefs in close others during middle childhood

Abstract

The study examined the relation between the security of attachment and trust beliefs in close others during middle childhood. In the study, 133 children (63 girls, Mage = 9.5?years) completed standardized measures of the security of attachment and three bases of trust beliefs in close others (reliability, honesty, and emotional). Correlational analyses showed that children's security of attachment was associated with emotional trust beliefs in close others only. A structural equation modelling analysis yielded a path between security of attachment and emotional trust beliefs in parents as a latent factor. In addition, there was a path between the latent factor and emotional trust beliefs in peers. Alternative models did not adequately fit the data. The findings were ascribed to the role of parent's emotional trustworthiness and children's mental state discourse in promoting the relation between children's security of attachment and their emotional trust beliefs in close others. Highlights The research examined relation between the security of attachment and trust beliefs in close others during middle childhood. One hundred and thirty-three children completed standardized measures of the security of attachment and trust beliefs in close others. Children's beliefs that parents refrain from causing emotional harm play a central role in their security of attachment.

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Rotenberg, K. J., Wicks, C., & Bathew, R. (2021). Security of attachment and trust beliefs in close others during middle childhood. Infant and child development, 30(5), https://doi.org/10.1002/icd.2252

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 3, 2021
Online Publication Date Jun 20, 2021
Publication Date 2021-09
Journal Infant and Child Development
Print ISSN 1522-7227
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 5
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/icd.2252
Keywords close others; middle childhood; secure attachment; trust beliefs
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/icd.2252?saml_referrer

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