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Análise Psicológica

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FARIA, Anabela; SANTOS, Pedro Lopes dos  and  FUERTES, Marina. Pais e mães protegem, acarinham e brincam de formas diferentes. Aná. Psicológica [online]. 2014, vol.32, n.4, pp.419-437. ISSN 0870-8231.

In this revision, we aim to explore the maternal and paternal roles in the establishment of attachment and in the quality of interaction between parents (mothers and fathers) and children in the first two years of their lives. Several studies using the Strange Situation indicate that secure attachment is more frequent in mother-child dyads than in parent-child dyads, and that mothers tend to be more sensitive than parents in free play interactions. However, a variety of studies, methods and results allow us reinterpret fathers performance. Additionally, most of the sensitivity measures were developed in studies with mother-child dyads. Therefore, one can wonder if the diversity of parents’ behavior and parent-child relationship are described in such scales. In order to understand and discuss maternal and paternal differences we need to take in consideration the broader context of family relationships.

Keywords : Attachment; Play; Mother-infant and father; Interactions.

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