Attachment and non-maternal care: Towards contextualizing the quantity versus quality debate

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Abstract

In this commentary to Friedman's and Boyle's review we focus on the context of early child care as it is reflected in the debate on the effects of quality of care versus amount of care and attachment relations. It is argued that cross-national research should be considered along with the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD) in order to promote better understanding of the interface of attachment, child care, and context. In addition, some methodological issues are discussed including the status of the Strange Situation assessment, definition of non-maternal care, and longitudinal correlates of attachment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-285
Number of pages11
JournalAttachment and Human Development
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Attachment
  • Commentary NICHD SECCYD
  • Non-maternal care
  • Quality
  • Quantity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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