First Advisor

Lincoln, Therese


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

84 pages


The purpose of this project was to examine how attachment theory and emotional reactivity intersect in emotional regulation and to develop an educational seminar that increases parent/caregiver's awareness of behaviors that shape a child's emotional development. Attachment is an emotional connection between the parent/caregiver and child that alleviates the child's wariness and stress. Parent/caregiver and infant interactions form attachment patterns that: (a) describe the parent's response to the child's emotional reactivity, (b) result in relational styles, and (c) affect the quality of the emotional connection between them. The quality of the attachment affects the child's emotional development and influences the child's: (a) social, (b) academic, and (c) mental health.

Date of Award

Summer 2008

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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