Serena Messina

The ability to tell memories of wellbeing and distress: the role of attachment

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Keywords: Attachment, personal memories, children, wellbeing, distress

The aim was to assess whether the ability to tell memories of physical and psychological wellbeing and distress is influenced by the attachment representation. We assessed the attachment representation to their mothers in a sample of 104 six year old children. We selected 30 children out of this sample, 15 with a secure attachment and 15 with an insecure attachment. These children were interviewed about memories of physical and psychological wellbeing and distress. Our results show that secure children tell a greater number of memories than insecure children: they seem to be able to particularly tell episodes of psychological distress.

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