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J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2011 Aug;52(8):870-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2011.02361.x. Epub 2011 Mar 24.

Multi-risk infants: predicting attachment security from sociodemographic, psychosocial, and health risk among African-American preterm infants.

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University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Ecological and transactional theories link child outcomes to accumulated risk. This study hypothesized that cumulative risk was negatively related to attachment, and that maternal sensitivity mediated linkages between risk and attachment.

METHODS:

One hundred and twelve high-risk African-American premature infant-mother dyads participated. Psychosocial (maternal depression, stress and self-efficacy) and sociodemographic risk (poverty, maternal education, marital status) were maternal self-report (0-4 months). Infant health risk was obtained from hospital charts. Infant-mother attachment (12 months) and maternal sensitivity (4 months) were assessed with Q-sort measures.

FINDINGS:

Psychosocial and sociodemographic risk, but not infant health risk, negatively related to attachment. Both were mediated by maternal sensitivity.

CONCLUSIONS:

The impact of risk domains on attachment security was mediated by maternal sensitivity. Results emphasize the need for early intervention programs targeting premature infants to identify and address environmental and personal factors that place parenting at risk.

PMID:
21434913
PMCID:
PMC3134558
DOI:
10.1111/j.1469-7610.2011.02361.x
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