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Child Dev. 2012 Mar-Apr;83(2):623-36. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01712.x. Epub 2012 Jan 12.

Enhancing attachment organization among maltreated children: results of a randomized clinical trial.

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Department of Psychology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA. kbernard@psych.udel.edu

Abstract

Young children who have experienced early adversity are at risk for developing disorganized attachments. The efficacy of Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC), an intervention targeting nurturing care among parents identified as being at risk for neglecting their young children, was evaluated through a randomized clinical trial. Attachment quality was assessed in the Strange Situation for 120 children between 11.7 and 31.9 months of age (M = 19.1, SD = 5.5). Children in the ABC intervention showed significantly lower rates of disorganized attachment (32%) and higher rates of secure attachment (52%) relative to the control intervention (57% and 33%, respectively). These results support the efficacy of the ABC intervention in enhancing attachment quality among parents at high risk for maltreatment.

PMID:
22239483
PMCID:
PMC3305815
DOI:
10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01712.x
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