Miriam Egan

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Master of Science (MS)


Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Lori A. Roggman


Although previous studies have shown that children who have been abused are more likely to be classified as insecurely attached to their mothers, research has not examined risk for child abuse when measured as a continuous variable in relation to security of attachment when measured as a continuous variable. This study examined the relation between risk of child abuse (as measured by the Child Abuse Potential Inventory and the Harsh Parenting Scale) and security of mother-infant attachment (as measured by the Q-sort of Infant Attachment) at 14 and 17 months. Results supported the view that there is a negative relation between these variables in a nonclinical sample drawn from the general population. Furthermore, results of exploratory analysis suggest the mother-infant attachment relationship at 14 months may act as a buffer against risk of child abuse at 17 months.