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Mothers of securely attached children with autism spectrum disorder are more sensitive than mothers of insecurely attached children.
J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2009 May; 50(5):643-50.JC

Abstract

In the current study we examined the links between maternal sensitivity and children's secure attachment in a sample of 45 preschool-age boys with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). We hypothesized that mothers of securely attached children would be more sensitive to their children than mothers of insecurely attached children. Children's attachment was assessed using Ainsworth's Strange Situation Procedure (SSP; Ainsworth, Blehar, Waters, & Wall, 1978). Mothers' sensitivity and children's responsiveness to their mothers were assessed using the Emotional Availability Scales (Biringen, Robinson, & Emde, 1993). The findings supported our hypothesis: mothers of securely attached children were more sensitive to their children even when controlling for the severity of children's diagnosis (Autism Disorder vs. Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)), children's level of functioning (high vs. low), and children's levels of responsiveness. The significance of sensitivity for security of attachment in ASD and the implications of these findings for the validity of the SSP in children with ASD are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Center for the Study of Child Development, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel. nkoren@psy.haifa.ac.ilNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19207630

Citation

Koren-Karie, Nina, et al. "Mothers of Securely Attached Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder Are More Sensitive Than Mothers of Insecurely Attached Children." Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, vol. 50, no. 5, 2009, pp. 643-50.
Koren-Karie N, Oppenheim D, Dolev S, et al. Mothers of securely attached children with autism spectrum disorder are more sensitive than mothers of insecurely attached children. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2009;50(5):643-50.
Koren-Karie, N., Oppenheim, D., Dolev, S., & Yirmiya, N. (2009). Mothers of securely attached children with autism spectrum disorder are more sensitive than mothers of insecurely attached children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, 50(5), 643-50. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7610.2008.02043.x
Koren-Karie N, et al. Mothers of Securely Attached Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder Are More Sensitive Than Mothers of Insecurely Attached Children. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2009;50(5):643-50. PubMed PMID: 19207630.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Mothers of securely attached children with autism spectrum disorder are more sensitive than mothers of insecurely attached children. AU - Koren-Karie,Nina, AU - Oppenheim,David, AU - Dolev,Smadar, AU - Yirmiya,Nurit, Y1 - 2009/01/12/ PY - 2009/2/12/entrez PY - 2009/2/12/pubmed PY - 2009/8/20/medline SP - 643 EP - 50 JF - Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines JO - J Child Psychol Psychiatry VL - 50 IS - 5 N2 - In the current study we examined the links between maternal sensitivity and children's secure attachment in a sample of 45 preschool-age boys with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). We hypothesized that mothers of securely attached children would be more sensitive to their children than mothers of insecurely attached children. Children's attachment was assessed using Ainsworth's Strange Situation Procedure (SSP; Ainsworth, Blehar, Waters, & Wall, 1978). Mothers' sensitivity and children's responsiveness to their mothers were assessed using the Emotional Availability Scales (Biringen, Robinson, & Emde, 1993). The findings supported our hypothesis: mothers of securely attached children were more sensitive to their children even when controlling for the severity of children's diagnosis (Autism Disorder vs. Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)), children's level of functioning (high vs. low), and children's levels of responsiveness. The significance of sensitivity for security of attachment in ASD and the implications of these findings for the validity of the SSP in children with ASD are discussed. SN - 1469-7610 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19207630/Mothers_of_securely_attached_children_with_autism_spectrum_disorder_are_more_sensitive_than_mothers_of_insecurely_attached_children_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -