Is the ideal mother a sensitive mother? Beliefs about early childhood parenting in mothers across the globe
In press in the International Journal of Behavioral Development: a paper on maternal beliefs about sensitive parenting in 15 countries and 26 ethnic groups. The results show strong convergence between maternal beliefs about the ideal mother and attachment theory’s description of the sensitive mother across groups.
Cultural group membership significantly predicted variations in maternal sensitivity belief scores, but this effect was substantially accounted for by group variations in socio-demographic factors. Mothers living in rural versus urban areas, with a low family income, and with more children, were less likely to describe the ideal mother as highly sensitive.