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ERIC Number: EJ802441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
A Threshold Approach to Understanding the Origins of Attachment Disorganization
Bernier, Annie; Meins, Elizabeth
Developmental Psychology, v44 n4 p969-982 Jul 2008
Disorganized attachment in infancy is known to predict a wide range of maladaptive outcomes, but its origins are poorly understood. Parental lack of resolution concerning loss or trauma has been proposed to result in atypical parenting behaviors, which in turn have a disorganizing effect on the parent-child relationship. The authors review the evidence for this transmission pathway, considering other factors (e.g., social environment, child characteristics) that might enrich understanding of the antecedents of disorganization. A threshold approach is proposed to explain (a) why different parental behaviors are linked to disorganization depending on prevailing social conditions and (b) why certain children appear more vulnerable to forming a disorganized attachment relationship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Adult Attachment Interview