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Which two researchers carried out a meta-analysis in 1988 to see the cross-cultural differences in attachment?
Van IJzendoorn and Kroonenberg (1988) carried out a meta-analysis of research carried out in various countries around the world, which all used Ainsworth's strange situation procedure (SSP)
What countries were included in their sample?
Which two countries had the lowest proportion of securely attached infants?
China (collectivist) 60%
How common was type B?
This was the most common form of attachment in all cultures.
Mean 65% across all studies.
Japan had a high percentage of type C (27%), give one reason why this might be?
Mother's and infants are rarely apart in the first 12 months
What reason has been suggested for the relatively high rate of type A in Germany?
This may be due to the high value placed on independence and self reliance at an early age.
What did Rothenbaum et al argue?
He argued that the concept of attachment is rooted in Western perspective (ethnocentrism)
It is a western idea that reflects western cultures
what does research indicate about the attachment styles in different cultures?
Attachment styles as assessed by the strange situation procedure vary between cultures as well as within cultures (for example considerable differences were found between provinces in Germany and Israeli kibbutz compared to Israel city)
Avoidant was the most common form of insecure attachment in most countries except for ...............and ..................
Where is was...........................and China which had 25% type A and 25% type C
China had only one study analysed (25 mother baby pairs) in what way could Van Ijzendoorn and Kroonenberg made their sample more representitive?
A larger sample size and more studies from different parts of China would have been necessary in order for them to be able generalise their findings to the rest of the population
What did Ijzendoorn and Kroonenberg conclude about the use of the strange situation procedure in different countries?
That the SSP may not be suitable as a method of assessing attachment styles in all cultures
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