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The Effect of Hearing Impairment on the Quality of Attachment and Mother-Toddler Interaction
Amy R. Lederberg and Caryl E. Mobley
Vol. 61, No. 5 (Oct., 1990), pp. 1596-1604
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1130767
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In the present study, 41 hearing impaired and 41 hearing toddlers together with their hearing mothers were observed in Ainsworth's Strange Situation and during free play. Both security of attachment and ratings of maternal and toddler behavior during free play were remarkably similar for the hearing impaired and hearing dyads. In addition, security of attachment was related to the ratings of maternal and toddler behavior in a similar way for the hearing impaired and hearing toddlers. The results suggest that development of a secure attachment and maintaining a good mother-toddler relationship does not depend on normal language development during the toddler years.
Child Development © 1990 Society for Research in Child Development