Bridges across the intergenerational transmission of attachment gap

Marinus H. van IJzendoorn, Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg

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Abstract

Attachment is transmitted from one generation to the next. Adult attachment has been shown to predict the security or insecurity of children's attachment relationship with their parents. In search for the mechanism of intergenerational transmission of attachment sensitive parenting has been the main focus of research during the past four decades. Meta-analytic work confirmed the role of sensitive parenting, but a large explanatory gap remains to be explained. Parental mentalization has not yet fulfilled its promise as a bridge across the transmission gap. Here we suggest a model of intergenerational transmission that includes context and differential susceptibility, and we argue that the concept of parenting should be broadened to include autonomy support, limit-setting, protective parenting, parental warmth, and repair of mismatches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent opinion in psychology
Volume25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

Funding

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the European Research Council (ERC AdG, MJBK, grant number 669249 ), and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (Spinoza, MHvIJ), as well as the Gravitation program of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research ( NWO grant number 024.001.003 ).

FundersFunder number
Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science
Horizon 2020 Framework Programme669249
European Research Council
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek024.001.003

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