Attachment Styles of Preschool Children to Their Parents: Attachment Styles of Married and Single Mothers to Their Own Parents


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Eraslan Ş., ÇOBAN A., GÜNEY KARAMAN N.

Interciencia, vol.404, no.5 May, pp.133-155, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 404 Issue: 5 May
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.59671/tgxpp
  • Journal Name: Interciencia
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, CAB Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.133-155
  • Keywords: Attachment, Insecure attachment, Parental attachment, Secure attachment, Single parent
  • Ankara University Affiliated: No

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between the attachment styles of 3- to 6-year-old children to their married or single mothers and the attachment styles of these children's mothers to their own parents. The study was conducted through a relational screening model, which is a quantitative research method. The population of the study consisted of a total of 80 children all attending public kindergartens in Ankara and their mothers, 40 of whom were married and 40 of whom were single. The data were analyzed through descriptive, correlative, and comparative tests conducted via SPSS. According to the results of the study, 48% of the children of married mothers had a secure attachment style and 52% of them had an insecure attachment style, while 70% of the children of single mothers had a secure attachment style and 30% of them had an insecure attachment style. There was a significant correlation between the marital status of the mother and the attachment styles of the children. A moderately significant negative relationship was found between the secure attachment of married mothers and their own mother's care/control. On the other hand, a moderately significant positive relationship was found between the secure attachment of single mothers and their own mother's care/control.