The Father-infant relationship beyond caregiving sensitivity

H.J.A.V. van Bakel*, R.A.S. Hall

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Abstract

Parental sensitive behavior is seen as one of the main determinants of attachment security. However, studies also suggest that other behaviors may be stronger predictors of the parent-child relationship (Lucassen et al., 2011 ). The lack of a significant association between sensitive behavior and the quality of the attachment relationship between father and child in Olsavsky et.al's study indeed seems to reflect the notion that other interactive behaviors may be specific in father-child relationships (i.e., destabilizing behavior followed by sensitivity). Since the strength of the association between the quality of parental interactive behavior (e.g., sensitive, responsive behavior) and child attachment security is moderate (Fearon & Belsky, 2016 ), and weaker for fathers (Lucassen et al., 2011 ) there is a need to examine other factors beyond caregiving sensitivity in attachment research. For example, the important role of reparation of mismatching to matching states and fathers' own attachment history as related to frightening behavior and mentalization are factors that need to be taken into account. It is essential to apply a broader view of father's parenting behaviors in different contexts (distress, non-distress, or risky contexts) and a broader view of child attachment behaviors in relationship with the father.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalAttachment & Human Development
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019

Fingerprint

Fathers
Father-Child Relations
Child Behavior
Parent-Child Relations
Parenting
History

Keywords

  • 3 DECADES
  • ATTACHMENT
  • REPRESENTATIONS
  • child behavior
  • fathers
  • paternal sensitivity

Cite this

@article{92e9ef8bb1264663a55ce57ca2465946,
title = "The Father-infant relationship beyond caregiving sensitivity",
abstract = "Parental sensitive behavior is seen as one of the main determinants of attachment security. However, studies also suggest that other behaviors may be stronger predictors of the parent-child relationship (Lucassen et al., 2011 ). The lack of a significant association between sensitive behavior and the quality of the attachment relationship between father and child in Olsavsky et.al's study indeed seems to reflect the notion that other interactive behaviors may be specific in father-child relationships (i.e., destabilizing behavior followed by sensitivity). Since the strength of the association between the quality of parental interactive behavior (e.g., sensitive, responsive behavior) and child attachment security is moderate (Fearon & Belsky, 2016 ), and weaker for fathers (Lucassen et al., 2011 ) there is a need to examine other factors beyond caregiving sensitivity in attachment research. For example, the important role of reparation of mismatching to matching states and fathers' own attachment history as related to frightening behavior and mentalization are factors that need to be taken into account. It is essential to apply a broader view of father's parenting behaviors in different contexts (distress, non-distress, or risky contexts) and a broader view of child attachment behaviors in relationship with the father.",
keywords = "3 DECADES, ATTACHMENT, REPRESENTATIONS, child behavior, fathers, paternal sensitivity",
author = "{van Bakel}, H.J.A.V. and R.A.S. Hall",
note = "In artikel verkeerde affiliatie: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg",
year = "2019",
doi = "10.1080/14616734.2019.1589058",
language = "English",
journal = "Attachment & Human Development",
issn = "1469-2988",
publisher = "ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD",

}

The Father-infant relationship beyond caregiving sensitivity. / van Bakel, H.J.A.V.; Hall, R.A.S.

In: Attachment & Human Development, 2019.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - The Father-infant relationship beyond caregiving sensitivity

AU - van Bakel, H.J.A.V.

AU - Hall, R.A.S.

N1 - In artikel verkeerde affiliatie: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - Parental sensitive behavior is seen as one of the main determinants of attachment security. However, studies also suggest that other behaviors may be stronger predictors of the parent-child relationship (Lucassen et al., 2011 ). The lack of a significant association between sensitive behavior and the quality of the attachment relationship between father and child in Olsavsky et.al's study indeed seems to reflect the notion that other interactive behaviors may be specific in father-child relationships (i.e., destabilizing behavior followed by sensitivity). Since the strength of the association between the quality of parental interactive behavior (e.g., sensitive, responsive behavior) and child attachment security is moderate (Fearon & Belsky, 2016 ), and weaker for fathers (Lucassen et al., 2011 ) there is a need to examine other factors beyond caregiving sensitivity in attachment research. For example, the important role of reparation of mismatching to matching states and fathers' own attachment history as related to frightening behavior and mentalization are factors that need to be taken into account. It is essential to apply a broader view of father's parenting behaviors in different contexts (distress, non-distress, or risky contexts) and a broader view of child attachment behaviors in relationship with the father.

AB - Parental sensitive behavior is seen as one of the main determinants of attachment security. However, studies also suggest that other behaviors may be stronger predictors of the parent-child relationship (Lucassen et al., 2011 ). The lack of a significant association between sensitive behavior and the quality of the attachment relationship between father and child in Olsavsky et.al's study indeed seems to reflect the notion that other interactive behaviors may be specific in father-child relationships (i.e., destabilizing behavior followed by sensitivity). Since the strength of the association between the quality of parental interactive behavior (e.g., sensitive, responsive behavior) and child attachment security is moderate (Fearon & Belsky, 2016 ), and weaker for fathers (Lucassen et al., 2011 ) there is a need to examine other factors beyond caregiving sensitivity in attachment research. For example, the important role of reparation of mismatching to matching states and fathers' own attachment history as related to frightening behavior and mentalization are factors that need to be taken into account. It is essential to apply a broader view of father's parenting behaviors in different contexts (distress, non-distress, or risky contexts) and a broader view of child attachment behaviors in relationship with the father.

KW - 3 DECADES

KW - ATTACHMENT

KW - REPRESENTATIONS

KW - child behavior

KW - fathers

KW - paternal sensitivity

UR - https://app-eu.readspeaker.com/cgi-bin/rsent?customerid=10118&lang=en_us&readclass=rs_readArea&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tandfonline.com%2Fdoi%2Ffull%2F10.1080%2F14616734.2019.1589058

U2 - 10.1080/14616734.2019.1589058

DO - 10.1080/14616734.2019.1589058

M3 - Article

JO - Attachment & Human Development

JF - Attachment & Human Development

SN - 1469-2988

ER -