A Structural Modeling Approach to the Study of Attachment and Strange Situation Behaviors

  • J. P. Connell
  • H. Hill Goldsmith
Part of the Topics in Developmental Psychobiology book series (TDP)


The purpose of this chapter is to present a new methodological strategy for examining the organization of behaviors thought to reflect the attachment system. The structural modeling approach offers great promise for precise specification and evaluation of hypotheses concerning the organization and development of the parent—infant attachment bond. This approach is presented as an alternative to traditional methods of analyzing attachment behaviors, as represented by the ABC classification system (Ainsworth, Blehar, Waters, & Wall, 1978).


Latent Variable Manifest Variable Discriminant Function Analysis Attachment Behavior Attachment System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Connell
    • 1
  • H. Hill Goldsmith
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Education and Human Development and Department of PsychologyUniversity of RochesterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TexasAustinUSA

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