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The Impact of Social Class on Parenting and Attachment

Alissa Sherry, Andrew Adelman, Lauren Farwell and Brittany Linton

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Class in Counseling

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780195398250
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398250.013.0017

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

The Impact of Social Class on Parenting and Attachment

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Attachment theory is a psychological, evolutionary, and behavioral theory concerning relationships between people. It is thought to play a significant role in shaping one's life, personality, and happiness. The most important tenet of attachment theory is that a young child needs to develop a relationship with at least one primary caregiver for social and emotional development to occur normally. The current chapter discusses the nature of attachment as it relates to social class and socioeconomic status, specifically addressing parenting styles and characteristics, differences in authoritarianism, warmth, mental health, employment demands, affluence, and father factors. Further, this chapter will consider the confounding roles that race and ethnicity play in the analysis of attachment and social class. Overall, it is difficult to assess specific threats to attachment without considering the impact of poverty and social class.

Keywords: attachment; social class; socioeconomic status; race; ethnicity; parenting

Article.  13263 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing ; Developmental Psychology

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