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Forming attachments in foster care: infant attachment behaviors during the first 2 months of placement.
Dev Psychopathol. 2004 Spring; 16(2):253-71.DP

Abstract

This study investigated the development of attachment relationships in 38 foster infant-caregiver dyads over the first 2 months of placement. We used the Parent Attachment Diary to measure foster infants' daily attachment behaviors, the Adult Attachment Interview to examine foster parents' attachment states of mind, and Ainsworth's Strange Situation to capture attachment classifications. We examined differences in diary scales (secure, avoidant, resistant, and coherence) as they related to age at placement and foster parent attachment, using hierarchical linear modeling and analyses of variance. The results indicated infants with autonomous foster parents and infants placed at younger ages showed higher early and overall levels of secure behavior, less avoidant behavior, and more coherent attachment strategies compared to infants placed with nonautonomous foster parents. Changes in attachment behaviors over time were not predicted by the models; however, there was a significant decrease in the daily coherence of attachment behaviors associated with Strange Situation disorganization. Finally, we found significant concordance between the diary and Strange Situation scales for secure and avoidant behaviors.

Authors+Show Affiliations

New York University School of Medicine, USA.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15487595

Citation

Stovall-McClough, K Chase, and Mary Dozier. "Forming Attachments in Foster Care: Infant Attachment Behaviors During the First 2 Months of Placement." Development and Psychopathology, vol. 16, no. 2, 2004, pp. 253-71.
Stovall-McClough KC, Dozier M. Forming attachments in foster care: infant attachment behaviors during the first 2 months of placement. Dev Psychopathol. 2004;16(2):253-71.
Stovall-McClough, K. C., & Dozier, M. (2004). Forming attachments in foster care: infant attachment behaviors during the first 2 months of placement. Development and Psychopathology, 16(2), 253-71.
Stovall-McClough KC, Dozier M. Forming Attachments in Foster Care: Infant Attachment Behaviors During the First 2 Months of Placement. Dev Psychopathol. 2004;16(2):253-71. PubMed PMID: 15487595.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Forming attachments in foster care: infant attachment behaviors during the first 2 months of placement. AU - Stovall-McClough,K Chase, AU - Dozier,Mary, PY - 2004/10/19/pubmed PY - 2005/1/11/medline PY - 2004/10/19/entrez SP - 253 EP - 71 JF - Development and psychopathology JO - Dev Psychopathol VL - 16 IS - 2 N2 - This study investigated the development of attachment relationships in 38 foster infant-caregiver dyads over the first 2 months of placement. We used the Parent Attachment Diary to measure foster infants' daily attachment behaviors, the Adult Attachment Interview to examine foster parents' attachment states of mind, and Ainsworth's Strange Situation to capture attachment classifications. We examined differences in diary scales (secure, avoidant, resistant, and coherence) as they related to age at placement and foster parent attachment, using hierarchical linear modeling and analyses of variance. The results indicated infants with autonomous foster parents and infants placed at younger ages showed higher early and overall levels of secure behavior, less avoidant behavior, and more coherent attachment strategies compared to infants placed with nonautonomous foster parents. Changes in attachment behaviors over time were not predicted by the models; however, there was a significant decrease in the daily coherence of attachment behaviors associated with Strange Situation disorganization. Finally, we found significant concordance between the diary and Strange Situation scales for secure and avoidant behaviors. SN - 0954-5794 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15487595/Forming_attachments_in_foster_care:_infant_attachment_behaviors_during_the_first_2_months_of_placement_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -