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ERIC Number: EJ1142027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2192-001X
Individualized Approaches Have Profitable Clinical Value for Strengthening Fathers' Confidence in the Care of Preterm Infants. Commentary on: "Variations in Early Attachment Mechanisms Contribute to Attachment Quality: Case Studies Including Babies Born Preterm"
Buchheim, Anna
International Journal of Developmental Science, v10 n3-4 p99-100 2016
In this commentary, Buchheim states that she recognizes that infant-parent relationship has been shown to be of particular significance to preterm infants' socioemotional development, and that preterm children have been reported to be at higher risk of developing attachment insecurity and disorganized attachment. In the feature paper on attachment development of preterm and full-term infants, Witting, Ruiz, & Ahnert (2016) presented three single cases to describe the qualitative differences with respect to the parents' interactions with their boys. Including the specific role of fathers in the child's development has been an important tradition. The authors correctly recommend that parent-child interventions should aim to facilitate the fathers' understanding of the vulnerability in their babies, especially in stressful situations. Also, the paper by Witting and co-authors raises important questions, which have to be proven in a larger sample. The focus on fathers with preterm infants is a promising research field with new challenges for clinicians and staff at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). [For "Variations in Early Attachment Mechanisms Contribute to Attachment Quality: Case Studies Including Babies Born Preterm," see EJ1142016.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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