Facilitators and regulators: Maternal orientation as an antecedent of attachment security

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The contribution of maternal childcare orientation to infants' attachment security was examined in 79 non-risk dyads. Maternal orientation was defined by a distinction between the facilitator, who believes that she should adapt to her baby, as opposed to the regulator, who believes that the baby should adapt to her. Mothers completed the facilitator-regulator questionnaire when the infants were 6 months old; at 12 months, the Strange Situation procedure was administered. The results indicated that secure infants were more likely to have mothers who maintained a facilitator rather than a regulator orientation. It is concluded that a facilitating attitude contributes to a secure infant-mother attachment relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-333
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by grants from the Fund of Basic Research administered by the Israel Academy of Sciences and by the Israel FoundatniTroustees. An earlier version of this report was presented at the 2nIdnteCornfernenceaon Atttachmioentnand al Psychopathology, Toront, oCanada, 1.9The9a8urwitseshtohtohJoaan Rnaphaelk-Leff for her inspiring input, Ai Sagvi and his team for their assistacenwith the Strange Situationprocedure,andSandraZuckermanfordatmanagement.a Specialthanksare extended to the families whose interest and persistence made this study possible.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • General Psychology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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