ERIC Number: EJ848282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
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An Exploratory Study of the Association between Reactive Attachment Disorder and Attachment Narratives in Early School-Age Children
Minnis, Helen; Green, Jonathan; O'Connor, Thomas G.; Liew, Ashley; Glaser, D.; Taylor, E.; Follan, M.; Young, D.; Barnes, J.; Gillberg, C.; Pelosi, A.; Arthur, J.; Burston, A.; Connolly, B.; Sadiq, F. A.
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, v50 n8 p931-942 Aug 2009
Objective: To explore attachment narratives in children diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder (RAD). Method: We compared attachment narratives, as measured by the Manchester Child Attachment Story Task, in a group of 33 children with a diagnosis of RAD and 37 comparison children. Results: The relative risk (RR) for children with RAD having an insecure attachment pattern was 2.4 (1.4-4.2) but 30% were rated as securely attached. Within the RAD group, children with a clear history of maltreatment were more likely to be Insecure-Disorganised than children without a clear history of maltreatment. Conclusions: Reactive attachment disorder is not the same as attachment insecurity, and questions remain about how attachment research informs clinical research on attachment disorders.
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Young Children, Child Abuse, Personal Narratives, Child Development, Psychological Patterns, Comparative Analysis, Clinical Diagnosis, Child Behavior
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