Dyadic emotional availability and infant-mother attachment relationship were examined in 687 Israeli dyads. Concurrent assessments used the Strange Situation procedure (Ainsworth, Blehar, Waters, & Wall, 1978) for evaluating infants' attachment relationship, and the Emotional Availability Scales (Biringen, Robinson, & Emde, 1993) for evaluating the quality of mother-child interaction. It was found that higher scores on the Emotional Availability Scales were associated with infant attachment security. In addition, it was found that the Emotional Availability Scales discriminated between insecure-ambivalent and secure attachment classification, but were not informative about unique characteristics of emotional availability in dyads with avoidant and disorganized infants. Our findings contribute to the cross-cultural validation of Emotional Availability Scales against infants' attachment security.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Allthe authosor tfsha clire ateariŽliatedf with the Centerforthe Study of Child Development, Univsty eiofrH ifa. Thais rearcswhas esupported by a grant from the National Insttuteiof Child Health and Human Development, Grant # 1RO HD275–015.9
- Emotional availability
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health