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Attach Hum Dev. 2008 Dec;10(4):451-64. doi: 10.1080/14616730802461474.

Maternal coherence in the Adult Attachment Interview is linked to maternal reminiscing and to children's self concept.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. ereese@psy.otago.ac.nz


The role of maternal attachment representations in mother-child reminiscing and children's self concept was assessed in a sample of 31 New Zealand mothers and their 5.5-year-old children. Mothers participated in the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI; Main, Goldwyn, & Hesse, 2002) and reminisced about everyday past events with their children. Children participated in the Children's Self View Questionnaire (Eder, 1990) to measure interpersonal and intrapersonal aspects of their self concept. Maternal coherence on the AAI was positively correlated with mothers' elaborative reminiscing and with interpersonal aspects of children's self concept. Mothers' states of mind with respect to attachment may enable open and elaborative reminiscing with their children, and may also indirectly lead to children's self-concept development.

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