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Attachment Behavior in Thirteen-Month-Old, Opposite-Sex Twins

Jeanne Brooks and Michael Lewis
Child Development
Vol. 45, No. 1 (Mar., 1974), pp. 243-247
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1127780
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1127780
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Attachment Behavior in Thirteen-Month-Old, Opposite-Sex Twins
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Abstract

17 sets of opposite-sex twins, 13-14 months old, were observed in a playroom situation with their mothers. Attachment behaviors, toy preference, style of play, and activity level were recorded. Analysis of 4 attachment behaviors indicated that girls looked at and maintained proximity with their mothers significantly more often than did their brothers. Girls also touched and vocalized to their mothers more often, although these differences were not significant. Sex X order of observation also revealed interesting sex differences. Separation from the mother affected the attachment behavior of boy twins more than girl twins. The style of play and activity level measures revealed no sex differences.

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