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Table 3 Mediation effect of verbal ability in the relationship between attachment security and cool/hot inhibitory control obtained in the bootstrap procedure

From: Attachment security, verbal ability, and inhibitory control in middle childhood

Model pathways Cool ICa Hot ICb
β SE t p 95%CI β SE t p 95%CI
M-security           
 a .17 .06 2.57* .01   .17 .06 2.55* .01  
 b .21 .00 2.38 .03 .24 .01 2.57* .01
 c .04 .00 0.50 .62 .08 .00 1.01 .32
 c’ .00 .00    − .000; .095 .04 .00    .003; .098
F-security           
 a .19 .06 2.79* .01   .18 .06 2.77* .01  
 b .19 .00 2.07 .04 .26 .01 2.79* .01
 c .15 .00 1.94 .05 .00 .00 0.03 .98
 c’ .11 .00    − .004; .085  .05 .00    .008; .101
  1. a—predictor relationship, b—mediator, c—direct effect, c’—indirect effect
  2. M-security = attachment security with mother; F-security = attachment security with father
  3. aCovariates: age and sex
  4. bCovariate: age. β—standardised regression coefficient
  5. *p ≤ .02 (following Bonferroni’s correction)