Children's (n = 216) attachment security and self-concept were predicted from parents' reports of their own attachment style and marital adjustment. Structural equation modeling indicated that mothers' anxious attachment style uniquely predicted children's insecure attachment to both mother and father. In turn, associations of child-mother attachment with specific self-concept domains differed from those of child-father attachment with self-concept across age. For example, child-mother attachment was associated uniquely with perceived global self-worth and physical appearance for both younger (9-12 years) and older (13-14 years) children. In contrast, child-father attachment was associated uniquely with child-perceived school competence, and only for older children with global self-worth.
Doyle, Anna Beth; Markiewicz, Dorothy; and Brendgen, Mara
"Child Attachment Security and Self-Concept:
Associations With Mother and Father Attachment Style
and Marital Quality,"
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Vol. 46
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/mpq/vol46/iss3/7