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Br J Psychiatry. 2013 May;202(5):342-6. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.112.114074. Epub 2013 Apr 11.

Prevalence of reactive attachment disorder in a deprived population.

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Institute of Mental Health & Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, UK. Helen.Minnis@glasgow.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is associated with early childhood maltreatment and has unknown population prevalence beyond infancy.

AIMS:

To estimate RAD prevalence in a deprived population of children.

METHOD:

All 1646 children aged 6-8 years old in a deprived sector of an urban UK centre were screened for RAD symptoms. Parents of high and low scorers were interviewed using semi-structured interviews probing for psychopathology and individuals likely to have RAD were offered face-to-face assessment.

RESULTS:

Questionnaire data were available from 92.8% of teachers and 65.8% of parents. Assessments were conducted with 50% of those invited and missing data were imputed--based on the baseline data--for the rest. We calculated that there would be 23 children with definite RAD diagnoses, suggesting that the prevalence of RAD in this population was 1.40% (95% CI 0.94-2.10).

CONCLUSIONS:

In this deprived general population, RAD was not rare.

PMID:
23580380
DOI:
10.1192/bjp.bp.112.114074
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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