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The studies reviewed demonstrate that while BI and insecure attachment were both independently associated with child anxiety, there was no significant interaction found between them on child anxiety.
In this article I will conclude my previous series on attachment and begin examining the relationship between attachment and behavioral inhibition (BI). My hope is to highlight that, although both have been investigated independently, few studies have examined the association between them.
The results showed that children who classified themselves as having an avoidant or resistant attachment displayed higher levels of worry than children who classified themselves as securely attached. No significant difference was found between children with an avoidant and resistant attachment style.
In this article I will review two studies that examined the individual insecure attachment classifications in relation to the development of internalizing disorders in children, thus, establishing a more specific relationship between the variables.
Insecure attachment has been investigated as a predictor of internalizing behavior in children. Specifically, anxious/resistant children may be at a higher risk for the development of anxiety disorders.
Recent works have investigated insecure attachment as a predictor of externalizing and internalizing behavior problems in children.
Since maternal anxiety influences mother-child interactions in a similar style which is theorized to promote insecure attachment, the effect of maternal anxiety on infant attachment style has been examined.
Attachment Series: it appears to be an association between maternal depression and infant insecure attachment. Specifically, disorganized and avoidant attachment styles appear to be the most common among infants of depressed mothers
This article provides a brief description of the characteristic behaviors of infants with secure, anxious/resistant, anxious/avoidant and disorganized attachment styles, and the parental behavior which is theorized to promote each attachment style.