ERIC Number: EJ836881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
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Emanuel Miller Lecture: Attachment Insecurity, Disinhibited Attachment, and Attachment Disorders--Where Do Research Findings Leave the Concepts?
Rutter, Michael; Kreppner, Jana; Sonuga-Barke, Edmund
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, v50 n5 p529-543 May 2009
Background: Despite the evidence on anomalous attachment patterns, there has been a tendency to interpret most of these as reflecting differences in security/insecurity. Methods: Empirical research findings are reviewed in relation to attachment/insecurity as evident in both infancy and later childhood, disorganised attachment, inhibited attachment disorder, and disinhibited attachment disorder. Findings: Substantial differences are found in the correlates and meaning of these different features, as well as in the patterns associated with conditions such as autism, psychopathy, and Williams syndrome. Conclusions: It is seriously misleading to view all of these patterns through the lens of security/insecurity. This heterogeneity in social relationship features necessarily has implications for the assessment measures for social relationships that need to be used.
Descriptors: Security (Psychology), Attachment Behavior, Mental Health, Mental Disorders, Interpersonal Competence, Infants, Children, Correlation, Autism, Psychopathology, Genetic Disorders, Disabilities, Interpersonal Relationship, Evaluation Methods
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