Skip to main content Accesibility Help
×
×
Home

Avoidant strategy in insecure females

  • Bin-Bin Chen (a1) and Dan Li (a1)
Abstract

This commentary cites evidence to argue that girls growing up in a competitive and aggressive environment are more likely to shift to avoidant attachment than to ambivalent attachment in middle childhood. These avoidant women are also more likely to favor a short-term mating strategy. The role of oxytocin (OT) and early experience in shaping an avoidant attachment in females is also discussed.

Copyright
References
Hide All
Booth-Laforce, C., Oh, W., Hayoung Kim, A., Rubin, K. H., .Rose-Krasnor, L. & Burgess, K. (2006) Attachment, self-worth, and peer-group functioning in middle childhood. Attachment and Human Development 8:309–25.
Campbell, A. (1999) Staying alive: Evolution, culture and intrasexual aggression. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22:203–52.
Cushing, B. S. & Kramer, K. M. (2005) Mechanisms underlying epigenetic effects of early social experience: The role of neuropeptides and steroids. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 29:1089–105.
Davies, P. T. & Forman, E. M. (2002) Children's patterns of preserving emotional security in the interparental subsystem. Child Development 73:1880–903.
Feeney, J. A. (1999) Adult romantic attachment and couple relationships. In: Handbook of attachment: Theory, research and clinical applications, ed. Cassidy, J. & Shaver, P. R., pp. 355–77. Guilford Press.
Finnegan, R. A., Hodges, E. & Perry, D. (1996) Preoccupied and avoidant coping during middle childhood. Child Development 67:1318–28.
Francis, D. D., Young, L. J., Meaney, M. J. & Insel, T. R. (2002) Naturally occurring differences in maternal care are associated with the expression of oxytocin and vasopressin (V1a) receptors: Gender differences. Journal of Neuroendocrinology 14:349–53.
Gentzler, A. L. & Kerns, K. A. (2004) Associations between insecure attachment and sexual experiences. Personal relationships 11:249–65.
Granot, D. & Mayseless, O. (2001) Attachment security and adjustment to school in middle childhood. International Journal of Behavioral Development 25:530–41.
Guttmann-Steinmetz, S. & Crowell, J. A. (2006) Attachment and externalizing disorders: A developmental psychopathology perspective. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 45:440–51.
Hawley, P. H. (2007) Social dominance in childhood and adolescence: Why social competence and aggression may go hand in hand. In: Aggression and adaptation: The bright side to bad behavior, ed. Hawley, P. H., Little, T. D. & Rodkin, P. C., pp. 129. Erlbaum.
Hrdy, S. B. (1981) The woman that never evolved. Harvard University Press.
Kerns, K. A., Tomich, P. L., Aspelmeier, J. E. & Contreras, J. M. (2000) Attachment-based assessments of parent-child relationships in middle childhood. Developmental Psychology 36:614–26.
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
  • URL: /core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed