The Korean Journal of Human Development

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Mediating effects of preschooler’s attachment security in the relationship between mother’s psychological control and preschooler’s self-regulation

AUTHOR : 강병애, 박응임

INFORMATION : page. 41~59 / 2020 Vol.27 No.1


This study aims to investigate the effects of mother’s psychological control on preschooler’s self-control and verify whether preschooler’s attachment security mediates this relationship. Using a questionnaire survey, data were collected from 325 mothers of 3 to 5 year old children attending a daycare center in some regions of the Gyeongsangbuk-do province and 35 class teachers of these preschoolers. The collected data were analyzed by AMOS 21.00 to structural equation model analysis. The major findings of this study can be summarized as follows. First, preschooler’s attachment security completely mediated the effects of mother’s psychological control on preschooler’s self-regulation. That means, mother’s psychological control had an indirect impact on preschooler’s self-regulation through preschooler’s attachment security as opposed to having a direct impact. Second, no inter-group differences were found in the paths between male and female preschoolers. In other words, self-regulation developed in male and female preschoolers through the same path. This confirms that the study model is applicable to both male and female preschoolers. To sum up, this study confirmed the importance of stable attachment with mothers, who are the primary caregiver, for the development of self-regulation in preschoolers. The findings suggest that preschooler’s attachment security serves as a protective factor against the negative impact of mother’s psychological control on preschooler’s self-regulation. Further, a correct understanding of mother’s psychological control is essential for adaptive growth and development in early childhood.

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Ⅱ. 연구방법

Ⅲ. 결과 및 해석

Ⅳ. 논의 및 결론

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