The relationship between attachment, sleep and the development of attention in young children
LE3 .A278 2015
Bachelor of Science
The development of attention in early childhood may be associated with a variety of other aspects of socio-cognitive development such as attachment security with parents and regulatory processes such as sleep quality. The goal of the current study was to examine the relationship between parent-child attachment, sleep quality, and aspects of attention in 55 children between 4.5 and 8 years of age. A modified version of the Child Attention Network Test (CANT; Rueda et al., 2004) was used to look at orienting, alerting, and executive functioning components of attention, the Manchester Child Attachment Story Task (MCAST; Green, Stanley, Smilth, & Goldwin 2000) was used to measure attachment, and the Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL; Achenbach and Rescorla, 2000) was used to measure sleep quality. A relationship was found between attachment security and overall sleep quality in children. However, no significant effects were between the development of attention and its association with attachment or sleep. These results are discussed in terms of the potential effect of parent-child relationships and sleep on the development of attention.
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