Do Adolescents and Parents Reconstruct Memories About Their Conflict as a Function of Adolescent Attachment?

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2010-09-14
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Dykas, Matthew J.
Woodhouse, Susan S.
Ehrlich, Katherine B.
Cassidy, Jude
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Dykas, M.J., Woodhouse, S.S., Ehrlich, K.B. and Cassidy, J. (2010), Do Adolescents and Parents Reconstruct Memories About Their Conflict as a Function of Adolescent Attachment?. Child Development, 81: 1445-1459.
Abstract
This study examined whether 17-year-old adolescents (n = 189) and their parents reconstructed their memory for an adolescent–parent laboratory conflict over a 6-week period as a function of adolescent attachment organization. It also compared participants’ perceptions of conflict over time to observational ratings of the conflict to further characterize the nature of the attachment-related memory biases that emerged. Secure adolescents reconstructed interactions with each parent more favorably over time, whereas insecure adolescents showed less favorable reconstructive memory. Likewise, mothers of secure girls reconstructed conflicts more favorably over time, whereas mothers of insecure boys showed less favorable reconstructive memory. Participant ratings were associated with observational ratings in theoretically consistent ways. Contrary to expectations, fathers showed no attachment-related memory biases.
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Dykas, M.J., Woodhouse, S.S., Ehrlich, K.B. and Cassidy, J. (2010), Do Adolescents and Parents Reconstruct Memories About Their Conflict as a Function of Adolescent Attachment?. Child Development, 81: 1445-1459., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01484.x . This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
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