Project: Research project

Project Details


The present longitudinal study investigated the role of security of
child-mother attachment in the development of infant-firstborn relations in
two-child families. Its aims are threefold: 1) To assess the extent to
which security of firstborn-mother attachment can predict the quality of
firstborns' reaction to the birth of the second child; 2) to examine the
joint impact of firstborn-mother and infant-mother attachment on the
development of infant-sibling relations during the first two years of the
infant's life; and 3) to assess the degree to which the quality of early
sibling relationships is sensitive to maternal psychosocial functioning
(e.g., life stress, marital harmony, psychiatric functioning) and to
longitudinal changes therein. Subjects will be 200 two-parent families
recruited over a 3-year period when mothers are in their second trimester
of pregnancy with their second child. Firstborns will be between 2-4 years
of age at recruitment. Each family will be visited at the second and third
trimester of pregnancy and at 1-2, 6-8, 12-14, and 21-24 months
post-partum. Analyses will focus on predicting the quality of
infant-firstborn relations from the quality of each child's attachment to
mother, with firstborn perspective-taking ability as a potentially
important mediating variable. Structural equation modeling will also be
employed to explore directions of influence among measures of maternal
functioning, child-mother interaction, child-mother attachment, and
infant-sibling relations.
Effective start/end date9/1/908/31/95


  • National Institute of Mental Health


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