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Inhibited attachment disordered behavior in institutionalized preschool children: links with early and current relational experiences

Corval, R; Belsky, J; Baptista, J; Oliveira, PO; Mesquita, A; Soares, I; (2017) Inhibited attachment disordered behavior in institutionalized preschool children: links with early and current relational experiences. Attachment and Human Development , 19 (6) pp. 598-612. 10.1080/14616734.2017.1342172. Green open access

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Abstract

Inhibited attachment disordered behavior (IADB) is characterized by difficulty in establishing an attachment relationship with a primary caregiver; is associated with persistent social and emotional problems; and is observed most frequently in contexts of pathological care such as institutional rearing. Here, we seek to enhance understanding of the conditions that give rise to IADB among institutionalized children by examining prior family experiences of neglect and deprivation and concurrent relational experiences at the institution. The sample is comprised of 146 children, between 36 and 78 months. IADB was assessed using a semi-structured interview administered to the child’s primary caregiver. Results revealed that both pre-institutionalization experiences (e.g. parental abandonment) and current relational ones (e.g. low quality of child–caregiver relationship) predicted IADB. Findings are discussed in light of the need to promote conditions which foster the establishment and maintenance of the child’s selective attachment to a caregiving figure.

Type: Article
Title: Inhibited attachment disordered behavior in institutionalized preschool children: links with early and current relational experiences
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14616734.2017.1342172
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2017.1342172
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Inhibited attachment disordered behavior, institutionalization, early risk, relational experiences, family of origin, caregiving quality
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1570771
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