Understanding Attachment and Attachment Disorders: Theory, Evidence, and Practice

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9 Assessments of
Caregiving

Assessments based on observations of
caregiving

Table 9.1 lists the assessments of caregiving in child age order.


Maternal Sensitivity Scales

Who designed it and when?

Ainsworth (1969b), during the early stages of the Baltimore study (Ainsworth,

Bell and Stayton 1971; Ainsworth et al. 1978).


Any revisions?

None found.


What does it assess?

General maternal characteristics.


Used with which age group?

Mothers of young children.


Method

Observations of maternal characteristics are rated on four nine-point, scales:


SCALE 1: SENSITIVITY VS. INSENSITIVITY TO THE BABY'S SIGNAL'S

This scale deals with the mother's ability to perceive and interpret accurately the signals and communications implicit in her infant's behaviour, and given this understanding, respond to them appropriately and promptly. Thus, the mother's sensitivity has four essential components:

Assessments of Caregiving

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