Attachment, self-worth, and peer-group functioning in middle childhood

Cathryn Booth-Laforce, Wonjung Oh, Angel Hayoung Kim, Kenneth H. Rubin, Linda Rose-Krasnor, Kim Burgess

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We evaluated links between peer-group functioning and indicators of attachment security in relation to both mother and father in middle childhood, among 73 10-year-olds (37 girls). Children's perceptions of security with both parents, coping styles with mother, and self-worth were assessed. Classmates, teachers, and mothers evaluated the participants' peer-related behavioral characteristics. Children's perceptions of security to both parents were related to others' appraisals of their social competence; perceptions of security to father were related to lower aggression. We did not find child gender effects, but children had higher security scores in relation to mother than to father. Self-worth perceptions mediated the relation between attachment and social competence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-325
Number of pages17
JournalAttachment and Human Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Attachment
  • Avoidant coping
  • Preoccupied coping
  • Self-worth
  • Social competence


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