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Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1990 Oct;60(4):521-30.

The role of the father in the development of stranger sociability during the second year.

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  • 1Educational Foundations Department, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago.


The relationship between quality of infant attachment to parents and sociability toward a strange adult was investigated, and level of stranger sociability with father present was compared to that with mother present. Results suggest that during the child's second year, and particularly for boys, the presence of the father represents a distinct social context for the child.

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