Date of Award

1999

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Art

First Advisor

Pamela Nickels

Second Advisor

Marilyn Patterson

Third Advisor

Edward R. Doerr

Abstract

The factors which influence the development of attachment between mothers and children were examined in this study. The researcher specifically looked at the differences in attachment with regard to the mother's work status during infancy. Thirty-five adolescent subjects completed the Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment test (lPPA). The subjects were categorized into four groups based on what their mothers' work status was during their infancy. The information regarding work status was obtained through a demographic sheet completed by the parents of the subjects.

The test completed by the subjects consisted of twenty-five statements regarding a relationship with their mother. Subjects responded to a five point scale of how much they agreed with the statements as they applied to their relationship with their mother. Answers were then used to determine a Total Attachment score and three subtest scores (Trust, Communication, and Alienation).

A one-way analysis of variance test (ANOV A) was performed on the data to determine if there is a difference in the subjects' Total Attachment scores based on the mother's work status. A significant difference was not determined. Therefore, it was concluded that there is not a significant relationship between mother's work status during infancy and the child's attachment to mother during early adolescence.

One-way analysis of variance tests (ANOVA) were also run on each of the three subtest scores. No significant differences were found. Again, it was concluded that there is not a significant relationship between mother's work status during infancy and the degree of trust, communication, or alienation between mother and early adolescent.

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