Navigation Links
Mother-child attachment, children's temperament play a role in terrible 2 conflicts
Date:3/24/2008

Stories about the terrible twos abound in parenting lore. New research published in the March/April 2008 issue of the journal Child Development finds that the way mothers and their 2-year-olds relate to each other affects the quality but not the frequency of conflicts when children are two, and that childrens temperament also plays a role.

Researchers at Lehigh University and the University of California-Davis recruited 60 mothers and their children through birth announcements in local newspapers, then observed them in two sessions: one 50-minute lab visit when the children were 30 months old, and one 90-minute home visit when the children were 36 months. During each observation, the researchers looked at all episodes of conflict, and examined whether they contained compromise, justification, or aggravation (i.e., simple insistence without explanation or threats) by both mothers and children. They also examined whether the conflicts were resolved. Mothers provided information about the childrens temperament and attachment security, or the degree of trust that children have in their mothers responsiveness and availability.

The study found that mother-child conflict during both observations was frequent (about 20 times an hour), and there was a lot of variation in the frequency of conflict (from as many as 55 times an hour to as few as 5 times an hour) and in the quality of conflict between mothers and children.

Furthermore, childrens temperament was related to the frequency and quality of conflict, that is, children who were highly active and who had problems controlling their behavior had more conflict with mothers than less active children and children who did not have trouble controlling their behavior. In addition, highly active children and children who frequently and intensely experienced negative emotions had less constructive conflict with their mothers, involving less resolution, more aggravation, and less justification, than children who did not have these qualities.

Attachment security was not related to the frequency of conflict between mothers and their children, but to the quality, the study found. Mothers and children who had secure relationships had constructive conflict involving high levels of resolution, compromise, and justification. In sum, both the quality of childrens relationships with their mothers and childrens personality types were found to shape the nature of conflict between mothers and their children at age two.

Children with difficult temperaments tend to have more frequent and less constructive conflict with mothers, according to Deborah Laible, associate professor of psychology at Lehigh University and the lead author of the study. High-quality relationships between mothers and children were associated with more constructive conflict between mothers and children. In secure relationships, both mothers and children seem committed to maintaining relational harmony by resolving conflict, compromising, and justifying their side of an argument.


'/>"/>

Contact: Andrea Browning
abrowning@srcd.org
202-289-7905
Society for Research in Child Development
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Level of oxytocin in pregnant women predicts mother-child bond
2. Siegel+Gale Designs New HOPE Portal for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
3. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Turns Off the Tap With Green Earth Waterless Carwash
4. Nautica Malibu Triathlon Presented by Toyota Raises $718,000 for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Pediatric Cancer Research
5. New book sheds light on conflicts of politics and science
6. Stem Cell Institute Correct in Rejecting Applications Over Conflicts of Interest; Institutions, Board Members Involved Must Be Identified, Consumer Advocates Say
7. Tips for Parents: Teaching Children to Resolve Conflicts
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/8/2016)... , ... February 08, 2016 , ... Delta Dental of ... help combat pancreatic cancer. , Gary D. Radine, who recently retired as president and ... American Cancer Society’s 2015 CEO of the Year , helped lead the effort ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... ... Remember the old saying “rub some dirt on it”? Perhaps you should try ... Clay” the health benefits of integrating clay into a daily diet are numerous, as ... motivational speaker, Perry A~ has since dedicated her life to learning about the benefits ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... , ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... wide variety of organizations. DocuSyst provides a cloud hosted environment for FileHold ... installations include integration with various 3rd party applications using the FileHold web services ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... GrassrootsHealth published data from ... type 2 diabetes in the GrassrootsHealth cohort with substantially higher vitamin D levels ... in public health,” states Carole Baggerly, Director of GrassrootsHealth, “the safety and ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their highest five-star rating to a product from Healing ... cluster of melanin when exposed to sunlight. Although most moles are benign and harmless, ... Historically, mole removal has involved a painful, often expensive visit to the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)... Feb. 8, 2016   GS1 US will ... guide them through GS1 Standards implementation to address the ... Unique Device Identification (UDI) rule. Scott ... Beth Gibson , senior director industry development, medical devices, ... director, GS1 US --> Scott ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... Feb. 8, 2016 Nueterra, the ... specialized in the development of equity partnerships ... it has divided its interests between two ... Capital will continue the founding company,s private ... operate a national system of integrated provider ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... Pa. , Feb. 8, 2016   ... November Research Group (NRG),s pharmacovigilance technology services ... system-related consulting services and an Oracle Argus Specialized ... services to Life Sciences companies. ... and expands HighPoint,s life sciences capabilities and provides ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: