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Attachment & Human Development

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745146/disorganized-attachment-in-infancy-a-review-of-the-phenomenon-and-its-implications-for-clinicians-and-policy-makers
#1
Pehr Granqvist, L Alan Sroufe, Mary Dozier, Erik Hesse, Miriam Steele, Marinus van Ijzendoorn, Judith Solomon, Carlo Schuengel, Pasco Fearon, Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg, Howard Steele, Jude Cassidy, Elizabeth Carlson, Sheri Madigan, Deborah Jacobvitz, Sarah Foster, Kazuko Behrens, Anne Rifkin-Graboi, Naomi Gribneau, Gottfried Spangler, Mary J Ward, Mary True, Susan Spieker, Sophie Reijman, Samantha Reisz, Anne Tharner, Frances Nkara, Ruth Goldwyn, June Sroufe, David Pederson, Deanne Pederson, Robert Weigand, Daniel Siegel, Nino Dazzi, Kristin Bernard, Peter Fonagy, Everett Waters, Sheree Toth, Dante Cicchetti, Charles H Zeanah, Karlen Lyons-Ruth, Mary Main, Robbie Duschinsky
Disorganized/Disoriented (D) attachment has seen widespread interest from policy makers, practitioners, and clinicians in recent years. However, some of this interest seems to have been based on some false assumptions that (1) attachment measures can be used as definitive assessments of the individual in forensic/child protection settings and that disorganized attachment (2) reliably indicates child maltreatment, (3) is a strong predictor of pathology, and (4) represents a fixed or static "trait" of the child, impervious to development or help...
July 26, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714772/can-typical-us-home-visits-affect-infant-attachment-preliminary-findings-from-a-randomized-trial-of-healthy-families-durham
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Lisa J Berlin, Tiffany L Martoccio, Karen Appleyard Carmody, W Benjamin Goodman, Karen O'Donnell, Janis Williams, Robert A Murphy, Kenneth A Dodge
US government-funded early home visiting services are expanding significantly. The most widely implemented home visiting models target at-risk new mothers and their infants. Such home visiting programs typically aim to support infant-parent relationships; yet, such programs' effects on infant attachment quality per se are as yet untested. Given these programs' aims, and the crucial role of early attachments in human development, it is important to understand attachment processes in home visited families. The current, preliminary study examined 94 high-risk mother-infant dyads participating in a randomized evaluation of the Healthy Families Durham (HFD) home visiting program...
July 17, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705103/mother-child-emotion-dialogues-the-disrupting-effect-of-maternal-history-of-communal-sleeping
#3
Nina Koren-Karie, Ora Aviezer
The study examined associations between mothers' upbringing background (kibbutz vs. home) and maternal-sensitive guidance of emotional conversations with their preschool children; children's cooperation and exploration; and the coherence of their conversations. Using a quasi-experimental design, 112 children and their mothers (72 kibbutz raised, 40 home) completed the Autobiographical Emotional Event Dialogue. We hypothesized that maternal kibbutz upbringing would be associated to lower levels of mothers' sensitive guidance of the conversations, children's lower cooperation and exploration, and lower overall coherence...
July 13, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612690/attachment-as-a-predictor-of-non-response-to-cbt-treatment-in-children-with-anxiety-disorders
#4
Monika Walczak, Barbara Hoff Esbjørn, Sonja Breinholst
Children's and parents' attachment patterns have been linked with the presence of pediatric anxiety disorders. The present study examined the role of attachment in predicting cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) treatment outcomes. A total of 69 children aged 7-13 years were assessed using a semi-structured interview, and treated with CBT. Differences between responders and nonresponders with regard to pretreatment characteristics were explored, and the predictive power of factors significantly different between groups was assessed using binominal logistic regression...
June 14, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556692/war-trauma-and-maternal-fetal-attachment-predicting-maternal-mental-health-infant-development-and-dyadic-interaction-in-palestinian-families
#5
Raija-Leena Punamäki, Sanna Isosävi, Samir R Qouta, Saija Kuittinen, Safwat Y Diab
Optimal maternal-fetal attachment (MFA) is believed to be beneficial for infant well-being and dyadic interaction, but research is scarce in general and among risk populations. Our study involved dyads living in war conditions and examined how traumatic war trauma associates with MFA and which factors mediate that association. It also modeled the role of MFA in predicting newborn health, infant development, mother-infant interaction, and maternal postpartum mental health. Palestinian women from the Gaza Strip (N = 511) participated during their second trimester (T1), and when their infants were 4 (T2) and 12 (T3) months...
May 30, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548007/childhood-abuse-and-neglect-attachment-states-of-mind-and-non-suicidal-self-injury
#6
Jodi Martin, K Lee Raby, Madelyn H Labella, Glenn I Roisman
This investigation examined preoccupied attachment states of mind as both a risk factor for non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and as a mechanism by which prospectively assessed childhood experiences of abuse and neglect predicted the frequency/severity of NSSI behavior up to age 26 years in 164 individuals (83 females) who were followed from birth in the Minnesota Longitudinal Study of Risk and Adaptation. Preoccupied (but not dismissing) states of mind regarding both childhood caregivers and adult romantic partners were correlated with more frequent/severe NSSI...
May 26, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513276/attachment-avoidance-but-not-anxiety-minimizes-the-joys-of-caregiving
#7
S Katherine Nelson-Coffey, Jessica L Borelli, Laura M River
Perhaps unlike other social roles that people may hold, caring for children offers opportunities for both immense joy and incredible frustration. Yet what predicts how parents will feel during caregiving experiences? In the current study, we examined parents' (N = 152) positive emotion, negative emotion, and felt meaning during caregiving using the Day Reconstruction Method. In addition, we tested attachment anxiety and avoidance as predictors of parents' emotion during caregiving relative to their other daily experiences...
May 17, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504008/maternal-resolution-of-preterm-birth-from-1-to-18-months
#8
Maya Yaari, Inbal Millo, Ayelet Harel-Gadassi, Edwa Friedlander, Benjamin Bar-Oz, Smadar Eventov-Friedman, David Mankuta, Nurit Yirmiya
Preterm birth can be traumatic for some mothers, involving feelings of grief over the hoped-for full-term pregnancy. In this longitudinal study, we interviewed 50 mothers of preterm infants, using the reaction to diagnosis interview when their child was 1 month and 18 months old. We examined change and stability in resolution status over time. Additionally, we explored possible predictors of resolution trajectories between 1 and 18 months. Findings indicated that resolution at 1 month was not yet common...
May 15, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277093/attachment-and-emotion-regulation-in-middle-childhood-changes-in-affect-and-vagal-tone-during-a-social-stress-task
#9
Mahsa Movahed Abtahi, Kathryn A Kerns
In middle childhood, more securely attached children show better emotion regulation when assessed as general tendencies (e.g. coping style), but studies looking at emotion in response to specific stressors have revealed mixed results. This study examined how attachment security, avoidance, and ambivalence - assessed with a story stem task (99 children, 9-11 years old) - relate to dynamic indices of affective and autonomic responses (baseline, reactivity, recovery). Reports of positive and negative affect, and high-frequency heart rate variability (HF-HRV), were assessed during a social stressor task...
June 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440709/the-relationship-between-attachment-style-and-placement-of-parents-in-adults-attachment-networks-over-time
#10
F S Julal, K B Carnelley, A Rowe
Using a bull's-eye hierarchical mapping technique (HMT), the present study examined placement of parents in adults' attachment networks over time. We hypothesized that attachment style would predict distance at which network members (mother, father, and romantic partner) would be placed from the core-self over time. Participants completed the HMT on two occasions, 12 months apart. Concurrently and over time, fathers were placed further from the core-self than mothers. Attachment style explained unique variance, beyond that accounted for by individual and relationship characteristics...
April 25, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420317/the-role-of-coherence-of-mind-and-reflective-functioning-in-understanding-binge-eating-disorder-and-co-morbid-overweight
#11
Hilary Maxwell, Giorgio A Tasca, Renee Grenon, Megan Faye, Kerri Ritchie, Hany Bissada, Louise Balfour
Coherence of mind and reflective functioning may impact negative affect and interpersonal functioning over and above the effects of symptoms of depression and interpersonal problems that contribute to symptoms of binge-eating disorder (BED) and overweight/obesity. Matched samples of overweight women with BED and overweight and normal weight women without BED completed the Adult Attachment Interview, a measure of depressive symptoms, and a measure of interpersonal problems. Greater symptoms of depression distinguished women with BED from the matched comparison samples...
April 18, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420287/associations-between-early-caregiving-and-rural-low-ses-african-american-children-s-representations-of-attachment-relationships
#12
Geoffrey L Brown, Hanna C Gustafsson, W Roger Mills-Koonce, Martha J Cox
Little research has examined the legacy of early maternal care for later attachment representations among low-income and ethnic minority school-aged children. Using data from a sample of 276 rural, low-income, African-American families, this study examined associations between maternal care in infancy and children's representations of attachment figures in middle childhood. Maternal care was coded from 10-min home-based observations at 6, 15, and 24 months of age. Representations of attachment figures were assessed using the Manchester Child Attachment Story Task at 6 years of age...
April 18, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367721/corrigendum
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April 2, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349761/roots-and-routes-to-resilience-and-its-role-in-psychotherapy-a-selective-attachment-informed-review
#14
Jeremy Holmes
Developmental research on resilience is summarised and illustrated with a case example. Self-reflection, positive relationships, and agency foster resilience in the face of adversity. Attachment and resilience are related categories. The different patterns of attachment - secure, insecure-organised and insecure-disorganised - are manifest in different patterns of resilience, depending on prevailing environmental conditions. However, the greater the environmental adversity, the less will the resilience factors emerge...
March 28, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326885/a-matter-of-attachment-how-adoptive-parents-foster-post-institutionalized-children-s-social-and-emotional-adjustment
#15
Lavinia Barone, Francesca Lionetti, Jonathan Green
The current study investigates the contribution of children's age at adoption (M = 46.52 months, SD = 11.52 months) and parents' attachment on post-institutionalized children's attachment and social-emotional adjustment. A total of 132 subjects, 48 post-institutionalized children aged 3-5 years, and their adoptive parents, took part in the study. One year from adoption, children's attachment distribution was as follows: 31% secure, 42% disorganized, and 27% insecure. Parents' secure attachment increased children's probability of presenting a secure attachment pattern; specifically, mothers' attachment patterns were most strongly associated with those of their adopted children, with fathers' making an additional contribution...
March 22, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288538/attachment-quality-is-related-to-the-synchrony-of-mother-and-infant-monitoring-patterns
#16
Szilvia Biro, Lenneke R A Alink, Renske Huffmeijer, Marian J Bakermans-Kranenburg, Marinus H Van IJzendoorn
We investigated whether attachment quality is related to infant-mother dyadic patterns in monitoring animated social situations. Sixty 12-month-old infants and their mothers participated in an eye-tracking study in which they watched abstractly depicted distress interactions involving the separation of a "baby" and a "parent" character followed by reunion or further separation of the two characters. We measured infants' and their mothers' relative fixation duration to the two characters in the animations. We found that infant attachment disorganization moderated the correspondence between the monitoring patterns of infant-mother dyads during the final part of the animations resulting in reunion or separation...
March 14, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277095/sleep-and-attachment-in-early-childhood-a-series-of-meta-analyses
#17
Valérie Simard, Valérie Chevalier, Marie-Michèle Bédard
Empirical findings regarding the association between child attachment and sleep have been inconsistent. The objectives of this series of meta-analyses were to assess the size of the association between child sleep and attachment and to examine whether study methodology (attachment measure, sleep measure) and age moderate this association. Sixteen studies (2783 children aged from 6 to 38 months) were included. Significant associations were found between attachment security and sleep efficiency (r = .18) and attachment resistance and sleep problems (r = ...
February 20, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277094/quality-of-life-and-adolescents-communication-with-their-significant-others-mother-father-and-best-friend-the-mediating-effect-of-attachment-to-pets
#18
Ferran Marsa-Sambola, Joanne Williams, Janine Muldoon, Alistair Lawrence, Melanie Connor, Candace Currie
The relationship between adolescents' communication with their significant others (mother, father, and best friend) and quality of life (KIDSCREEN) was investigated in 2262 Scottish adolescent pet owners. The variable attachment to pets was also tested and assessed as a mediator of this relationship. A positive relationship between adolescents' communication with their significant other (mother, father, and best friend) and quality of life decreased when controlling for attachment to dogs. In cat owners, a positive relationship between communication with a best friend and quality of life decreased when controlling for attachment to cats...
February 20, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277096/fostering-secure-attachment-experiences-of-animal-companions-in-the-foster-home
#19
Sam Carr, Ben Rockett
This study sought to use attachment theory as a lens through which to explore children's relationships with animal companions in the context of long-term foster care. Inductive and deductive thematic analyses of longitudinal case study data from eight children and their foster families suggested (a) that children's relationships with animal companions satisfied attachment-related functions in their own right and (b) that animal companions also helped to soften perceptions of foster caregivers, facilitating opportunities for the development of closeness...
February 7, 2017: Attachment & Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852134/further-evidence-of-the-limited-role-of-candidate-genes-in-relation-to-infant-mother-attachment-outcomes
#20
Esther M Leerkes, Lindsey R Gedaly, Nan Zhou, Susan Calkins, Vincent C Henrich, Andrew Smolen
In this paper, we examine the associations between specific candidate genes (DRD2, DRD4, COMT, biallelic and tri-allelic 5HTTLPR, and OXTR) and infant attachment outcomes as main effects and in conjunction with maternal sensitivity. The sample included 200 infants (97 European American, 94 African-American, and 9 biracial) and their mothers. Maternal sensitivity and overtly negative maternal behavior were observed when infants were 6 months and 1 year old in distress-eliciting contexts, attachment was assessed via the Strange Situation at age 1, and DNA samples were collected when children were 2 years old...
February 2017: Attachment & Human Development
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