Title page for ETD etd-06062008-160422
|Type of Document
||Hosch, India A.
||Parental perception of effectiveness of Q-sort methodology in measuring attachment in children with atypical behaviors
||Family and Child Development
|Sawyers, Janet K.
|Benson, Mark J.
|Bird, Gloria W.
|Burton, John K.
|Fu, Victoria R.
|Date of Defense
The effectiveness of the Attachment Behavior Q-Sort in
measuring attachment in children with atypical behaviors was
examined in this study. Data collected from interviews,
structured and unstructured observation, and parental
sorting of the Q-Sort by ten families provided insight about
the effectiveness of the instrument and attachment
behaviors. The Maternal Behavior Q-Sort was also completed
by the investigator to provide additional information about
maternal qualities in this population. Results of this
study indicate the Attachment Behavior Q-Sort with
modification of some statements may be effective in
measuring attachment behaviors of some members of this
population. Because this instrument uses aspects of
mobility to measure attachment behaviors, its usage with
children who have mild to severe limitations in physical
mobility is very questionable. Additional findings indicate
social support may be a factor in influencing the
interaction patterns of mothers and thus may also impact on
the development of the attachment relationship.
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