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Frightening maternal behavior linking unresolved loss and disorganized infant attachment.
J Consult Clin Psychol. 1999 Feb; 67(1):54-63.JC

Abstract

Main and Hesse's (1990) model in which frightening (threatening, frightened, or dissociated) parental behavior explains why infants of parents with unresolved loss develop disorganized attachment relationships was tested. Unresolved loss using the Adult Attachment Interview in a nonclinical middle-class sample of 85 mothers who had experienced the loss of someone important was assessed. Disorganized attachment was examined in the Strange Situation. Parental behavior was recorded during 22-hr home visits. The model applied to mothers with currently insecure attachment representations. Secure mothers with unresolved loss displayed less frightening behavior than other mothers, and unresolved loss in secure mothers did not predict disorganized attachment of their infants. Frightening behavior predicted infant disorganized attachment irrespective of maternal security.

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Center for Child and Family Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands. Schuengel@rulfsw.leidenuniv.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Clinical Trial
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10028209

Citation

Schuengel, C, et al. "Frightening Maternal Behavior Linking Unresolved Loss and Disorganized Infant Attachment." Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, vol. 67, no. 1, 1999, pp. 54-63.
Schuengel C, Bakermans-Kranenburg MJ, Van IJzendoorn MH. Frightening maternal behavior linking unresolved loss and disorganized infant attachment. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1999;67(1):54-63.
Schuengel, C., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., & Van IJzendoorn, M. H. (1999). Frightening maternal behavior linking unresolved loss and disorganized infant attachment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 67(1), 54-63.
Schuengel C, Bakermans-Kranenburg MJ, Van IJzendoorn MH. Frightening Maternal Behavior Linking Unresolved Loss and Disorganized Infant Attachment. J Consult Clin Psychol. 1999;67(1):54-63. PubMed PMID: 10028209.
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