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An exploratory study of the association between reactive attachment disorder and attachment narratives in early school-age children.
J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2009 Aug; 50(8):931-42.JC

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To explore attachment narratives in children diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder (RAD).

METHOD

We compared attachment narratives, as measured by the Manchester Child Attachment Story Task, in a group of 33 children with a diagnosis of RAD and 37 comparison children.

RESULTS

The relative risk (RR) for children with RAD having an insecure attachment pattern was 2.4 (1.4-4.2) but 30% were rated as securely attached. Within the RAD group, children with a clear history of maltreatment were more likely to be Insecure-Disorganised than children without a clear history of maltreatment.

CONCLUSIONS

Reactive attachment disorder is not the same as attachment insecurity, and questions remain about how attachment research informs clinical research on attachment disorders.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Section of Psychological Medicine, University of Glasgow, Scotland. h.minnis@clinmed.gla.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19344386

Citation

Minnis, Helen, et al. "An Exploratory Study of the Association Between Reactive Attachment Disorder and Attachment Narratives in Early School-age Children." Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, vol. 50, no. 8, 2009, pp. 931-42.
Minnis H, Green J, O'Connor TG, et al. An exploratory study of the association between reactive attachment disorder and attachment narratives in early school-age children. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2009;50(8):931-42.
Minnis, H., Green, J., O'Connor, T. G., Liew, A., Glaser, D., Taylor, E., Follan, M., Young, D., Barnes, J., Gillberg, C., Pelosi, A., Arthur, J., Burston, A., Connolly, B., & Sadiq, F. A. (2009). An exploratory study of the association between reactive attachment disorder and attachment narratives in early school-age children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines, 50(8), 931-42. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7610.2009.02075.x
Minnis H, et al. An Exploratory Study of the Association Between Reactive Attachment Disorder and Attachment Narratives in Early School-age Children. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2009;50(8):931-42. PubMed PMID: 19344386.
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TY - JOUR T1 - An exploratory study of the association between reactive attachment disorder and attachment narratives in early school-age children. AU - Minnis,Helen, AU - Green,Jonathan, AU - O'Connor,Thomas G, AU - Liew,Ashley, AU - Glaser,D, AU - Taylor,E, AU - Follan,M, AU - Young,D, AU - Barnes,J, AU - Gillberg,C, AU - Pelosi,A, AU - Arthur,J, AU - Burston,A, AU - Connolly,B, AU - Sadiq,F A, Y1 - 2009/04/01/ PY - 2009/4/7/entrez PY - 2009/4/7/pubmed PY - 2009/10/21/medline SP - 931 EP - 42 JF - Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines JO - J Child Psychol Psychiatry VL - 50 IS - 8 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To explore attachment narratives in children diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder (RAD). METHOD: We compared attachment narratives, as measured by the Manchester Child Attachment Story Task, in a group of 33 children with a diagnosis of RAD and 37 comparison children. RESULTS: The relative risk (RR) for children with RAD having an insecure attachment pattern was 2.4 (1.4-4.2) but 30% were rated as securely attached. Within the RAD group, children with a clear history of maltreatment were more likely to be Insecure-Disorganised than children without a clear history of maltreatment. CONCLUSIONS: Reactive attachment disorder is not the same as attachment insecurity, and questions remain about how attachment research informs clinical research on attachment disorders. SN - 1469-7610 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19344386/An_exploratory_study_of_the_association_between_reactive_attachment_disorder_and_attachment_narratives_in_early_school_age_children_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7610.2009.02075.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -