Title: Children’s attentional exploration of threatening information as related to trust in maternal support
Authors: Dujardin, Adinda ×
Bosmans, Guy
De Raedt, Rudi
Braet, Caroline #
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Series Title: Developmental Psychology vol:51 issue:10 pages:1341-1350
Abstract: There is increasing interest in attachment-related social information processing, including children’s
attentional processing of information regarding the attachment figure. Previous research in middle
childhood revealed evidence for a stronger attentional focus toward mother in children with less secure
attachment expectations. However, the implication of this attentional focus for children’s exploration has
not been explored. This study tested the hypothesis that this attentional focus toward mother occurs at the
expense of attentional exploration of the environment. Ninety children, aged 8–12, completed questionnaires
assessing trust in maternal support, watched a video that induced mild fear of dogs, and completed
a dot probe computer task assessing attentional processing of simultaneously presented pictures of
mother and pictures of the threatening stimulus (i.e., dogs). Less trust in maternal support was linked to
a stronger attentional focus toward the mother pictures versus the dog pictures. These results suggest that,
in the presence of mother, children with more secure attachment expectations are better able to freely
explore a mildly threatening environment.
ISSN: 0012-1649
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Parenting and Special Education
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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