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ERIC Number: EJ874774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0193-3973
Insecure Attachment States of Mind and Atypical Caregiving Behavior among Foster Mothers
Ballen, Natasha; Bernier, Annie; Moss, Ellen; Tarabulsy, George M.; St-Laurent, Diane
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, v31 n2 p118-125 Mar-Apr 2010
The current study examined the links between attachment state of mind (assessed with the Adult Attachment Interview) and atypical parenting behavior among 39 foster mothers. Insecure states of mind were associated with increased atypical parenting while interacting with the foster child, whereas unexpectedly, an unresolved state of mind was not. Furthermore, caregivers with higher coherence and lower passivity scores on the AAI were less likely to display atypical parenting behaviors. Finally, presence of abuse in the caregiver's history and overall unresolved attachment state of mind were found to relate specifically to fearful/disoriented parenting. The results suggest that an insecure state of mind may be a risk factor for atypical caregiving in certain populations, even in the absence of unresolved attachment representations. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Adult Attachment Interview