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Continuity, discontinuity, and coherence in attachment from infancy to late adolescence: sequelae of organization and disorganization.
Attach Hum Dev. 2004 Mar; 6(1):73-97.AH

Abstract

This longitudinal study examines continuity and discontinuity of attachment quality from infancy to late adolescence in a sample of 125 participants considered at birth to be at high-risk due to poverty. Strange Situations were conducted at 12 and 18 months; Adult Attachment Interviews were administered at age 19. Child and maternal characteristics and experiences and observational assessments of the families were explored as correlates of continuity and discontinuity in attachment. Contrary to findings of continuity from low-risk samples, analyses demonstrated no significant overall continuity in attachment security. Disorganized infants were significantly more likely than organized infants to be insecure or unresolved in late adolescence. Additionally, infant disorganization predicted unresolved abuse scores on the AAI for those participants who experienced childhood abuse. Significant correlates of continuity and change spanned a variety of age periods and included infant temperament, maternal life stress, family functioning at pre-adolescence, child maltreatment and features of the home environment. Findings are discussed as supporting the coherence of attachment over time.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville 22904, USA. nweinfield@virginia.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

14982680

Citation

Weinfield, Nancy S., et al. "Continuity, Discontinuity, and Coherence in Attachment From Infancy to Late Adolescence: Sequelae of Organization and Disorganization." Attachment & Human Development, vol. 6, no. 1, 2004, pp. 73-97.
Weinfield NS, Whaley GJ, Egeland B. Continuity, discontinuity, and coherence in attachment from infancy to late adolescence: sequelae of organization and disorganization. Attach Hum Dev. 2004;6(1):73-97.
Weinfield, N. S., Whaley, G. J., & Egeland, B. (2004). Continuity, discontinuity, and coherence in attachment from infancy to late adolescence: sequelae of organization and disorganization. Attachment & Human Development, 6(1), 73-97.
Weinfield NS, Whaley GJ, Egeland B. Continuity, Discontinuity, and Coherence in Attachment From Infancy to Late Adolescence: Sequelae of Organization and Disorganization. Attach Hum Dev. 2004;6(1):73-97. PubMed PMID: 14982680.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Continuity, discontinuity, and coherence in attachment from infancy to late adolescence: sequelae of organization and disorganization. AU - Weinfield,Nancy S, AU - Whaley,Gloria J, AU - Egeland,Byron, PY - 2004/2/26/pubmed PY - 2004/6/16/medline PY - 2004/2/26/entrez SP - 73 EP - 97 JF - Attachment & human development JO - Attach Hum Dev VL - 6 IS - 1 N2 - This longitudinal study examines continuity and discontinuity of attachment quality from infancy to late adolescence in a sample of 125 participants considered at birth to be at high-risk due to poverty. Strange Situations were conducted at 12 and 18 months; Adult Attachment Interviews were administered at age 19. Child and maternal characteristics and experiences and observational assessments of the families were explored as correlates of continuity and discontinuity in attachment. Contrary to findings of continuity from low-risk samples, analyses demonstrated no significant overall continuity in attachment security. Disorganized infants were significantly more likely than organized infants to be insecure or unresolved in late adolescence. Additionally, infant disorganization predicted unresolved abuse scores on the AAI for those participants who experienced childhood abuse. Significant correlates of continuity and change spanned a variety of age periods and included infant temperament, maternal life stress, family functioning at pre-adolescence, child maltreatment and features of the home environment. Findings are discussed as supporting the coherence of attachment over time. SN - 1461-6734 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/14982680/Continuity_discontinuity_and_coherence_in_attachment_from_infancy_to_late_adolescence:_sequelae_of_organization_and_disorganization_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14616730310001659566 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -