Paola Molina's Lab

Featured projects (1)

Validation of “Professional Caregiver Attachment Diary” for both research and practice. The aims of this project are: 1 – observe and examine the formation of children’s attachment relationship during the earlier month of childcare; 2 - offer to professional caregivers a method and a tool (the PC Attachment Diary) to do it autonomously, as vocational training.

Featured research (1)

From their origins, Italian early childhood services paid attention to the transition from family to childcare centre, explicitly referring to attachment theory. In the present study, the Parent Attachment Diary was adapted and applied within a childcare centre context to examine the development of infants’ relationship with their professional caregivers during the earliest months of attendance. The research focuses on two studies, using the adapted version of PAD, the Professional Caregiver Attachment Diary (PCAD). The two studies involved a total of 87 professional caregivers and 222 infants aged between 4 and 35 months (M = 16 months). After both 2 and 4 months after starting the childcare centre, children show a significant decrease of Avoidant and Resistant attachment behaviours, but Secure behaviours do not increase over time. However, behaviours coded as Non Distressed significantly increase, which could indicate children feel more secure in the new setting of care over time. These results demonstrate the utility of the PCAD to describe the process of adaptation in the new context.

Lab head

Paola Molina
  • Dipartimento di Psicologia

Members (1)

Alessia Macagno
  • Politecnico e Università degli Studi di Torino