Stability and change in secure base script knowledge during middle childhood and early adolescence: A 3-year longitudinal study

Theodore E.A. Waters, Christopher R. Facompré, Magali V. Van de Walle, Adinda Dujardin, Simon D. De Winter, Joke Heylen, Tara Santens, Martine Verhees, Chloë Finet, Guy Bosmans

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Abstract

There is limited research examining stability and change in attachment security in middle childhood. The current study addresses this gap using data from a 3-year longitudinal study. Specifically, we examined stability and change in secure base script knowledge during middle childhood using a sample of 157 children (Wave 1 mean age [Mage] = 10.91, standard deviation [SD] = 0.87) assessed at 1-year intervals across 4 waves. Secure base script knowledge was moderately stable over time, as script scores were significantly correlated between each wave. We also investigated the impact of life stress on change in secure base script knowledge within individuals across waves. The results demonstrated that daily hassles (minor and frequently occurring stressful life events) but not major (more severe and infrequent) stressful life events predicted change in script knowledge. Implications for attachment-based interventions and, more broadly, the stability of attachment security are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2379-2388
Number of pages10
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Volume55
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2019

Keywords

  • Attachment
  • Life stress
  • Middle childhood
  • Secure base script
  • Stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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    Waters, T. E. A., Facompré, C. R., Van de Walle, M. V., Dujardin, A., De Winter, S. D., Heylen, J., Santens, T., Verhees, M., Finet, C., & Bosmans, G. (2019). Stability and change in secure base script knowledge during middle childhood and early adolescence: A 3-year longitudinal study. Developmental psychology, 55(11), 2379-2388. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0000798