Peer attachment and its role on a child's cognitive abilities

Kelsey Johnson, The College of Wooster


Recent research suggests that there is a connection between a child's attachment and their cognitive abilities. Past research has focused on the child's attachment to their primary caregiver but the current study was interested in the child's attachment to their peers. The current study examined if a child with a dependent attachment to their peers would perform worse on a cognitive test when compared to a child who had an independent attachment to their peers. In this study, twenty-five College of Wooster Nursery School children were tested. First, through observation and a survey the children were classified as dependent or independent. Then each child was given a cognitive test to complete on their own. The results were analyzed and the conclusion was reached that the child's type of attachment to their peers did not have a significant influence on their cognitive abilities.