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ERIC Number: EJ1124261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-6295
An Attachment-Focused Parent-Child Intervention for Biting Behaviour in a Child with Intellectual Disability: A Clinical Case Study
Mohamed, Ahmed Riaz; Mkabile, Siyabulela
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, v19 n3 p251-265 Sep 2015
Attachment and attachment-related psychopathology has increasingly gained focus since Bowlby introduced the concept into the clinical repertoire. However, little has been done to explore attachment, or attachment-based interventions, within the context of intellectual disability. Clinical experience, however, has demonstrated significant attachment-related problems in children with intellectual disability. This article explores one such case of a 13-year-old girl with moderate intellectual disability and severe and persistent externalizing behavioural difficulties--biting, in particular. Once the severity of the behaviour was formulated within the framework of attachment, a structured attachment-focused parent-child intervention was designed in order to repair the damaged attachment between mother and daughter as a way of addressing the problematic behaviour. Outcomes demonstrated a sustained--immediately, at 3- and 6-month follow-up--positive impact of the intervention not only on the presenting problem but also on the quality of the relationship between mother and daughter. Research and clinical implications are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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