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Security of Attachment and Parenting: Homeless and Low-Income Housed Mothers and Infants
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A racially diverse sample of 112 low-income and homeless mothers of infants was examined for associations among housing status (homeless vs housed), parenting practices, and infant attachment. Mothers were aged 16-42 yrs and children were aged 11-20 mo. Measures included the Attachment Q-Sort, Bayley Scales of Infant Development, Parenting Practices Scale, and Parent Daily Hassles. Results demonstrated few effects of housing status on characteristics of parenting or security of attachment. Security of infant attachment was found to be related to parenting practices and parenting difficulties. Implications of the findings are discussed. (Authors)