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Couple relationship quality and offspring attachment security: a systematic review with meta-analysis

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posted on 01.01.2018, 00:00 authored by Evelyn Tan, Jennifer McintoshJennifer Mcintosh, Emily KotheEmily Kothe, Jessica Opie, Craig OlssonCraig Olsson
This paper provides a meta-analytic examination of strength and direction of association between parents' couple relationship quality and early childhood attachment security (5 years and under). A comprehensive search of four EBSCOhost databases, Informit, Web of Science, and grey literature yielded 24 studies meeting eligibility criteria. Heterogeneity of the couple quality construct and measurement was marked. To disaggregate potentially differentially acting factors, we grouped homogeneous studies, creating two predictor variables defined as "positive dyadic adjustment" and "inter-parental conflict". Associations of each construct with offspring attachment security were examined in two separate meta-analyses. Inter-parental conflict was inversely associated (8 studies, k = 17, r = -0.28, CI = [-0.39 to -0.18]), and dyadic adjustment was not associated with offspring attachment security (5 studies, k = 12, r = 0.14, CI = [-0.03 to 0.32]). The study supports finer distinctions of couple relationship constructs and measurement in developmental research, assessment, and intervention.

History

Journal

Attachment and human development

Volume

20

Pagination

349 - 377

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

eISSN

1469-2988

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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