Attachment in middle childhood refers to the emotional and social development of the child in the six to twelve age category in early childhood the aim of the child is to retain proximity to his parents. While attachment in infancy might be defined by safety seeking behaviors and directly inferred from overt behaviors in middle childhood and adolescence the focus of attachment is perception of the availability of the attachment figure kerns klepac cole 1996. Kathryn a kerns phd is professor in the department of psychology at kent state university her current research focuses on parent n child attachment in middle childhood including assessment issues and how attachment is related to childrens social and emotional development. Attachment in middle childhood predictors correlates and implications for adaptation lea j boldt a grazyna kochanska rebecca grekin and rebecca l brockb adepartment of psychological and brain sciences university of iowa iowa city ia usa buniversity of nebraska lincoln lincoln ne usa abstract middle childhood is a relative . 1 attachment in middle childhood progress and prospects 1 guy bosmans kathryn a kerns this introduction to the issue highlights two decades of middle childhood attachment research providing an overview of the main insights and research gaps concerning the conceptualization and measurement of middle childhood attachment
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