Associations between the secure base scripts of children and their mothers: Are they mediated by their interactions (and/or influenced by children's symptoms)?
This study explored the relation among mothers’ and their children’s attachment-related narratives or secure base scripts, and interactive/co-constructive processes through which these scripts might be transmitted from parent to child. The children and mothers were from two groups: community (N = 29) and children diagnosed with ADHD (N = 50). Mothers and children were asked to independently generate narratives using word prompt outlines. They were then asked to co-construct 3 stories together using the picture prompt outlines. In addition, mothers and children filled out questionnaires focusing on symptoms. The results indicate striking differences between the community and ADHD sample. These differences were not a reflection of the two groups of mothers’ and children’s story-telling abilities or interaction quality. In the community sample, as was hypothesized, the mothers’ and children’s scriptedness and interaction quality were significantly correlated. In the ADHD sample, no such relations were found. The factors associated with the ADHD children’s attachment scriptedness and interaction quality were their symptom severity and special education status.
0620: Developmental psychology