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The significance of insecure attachment and disorganization in the development of children's externalizing behavior: a meta-analytic study.
Child Dev. 2010 Mar-Apr; 81(2):435-56.CD

Abstract

This study addresses the extent to which insecure and disorganized attachments increase risk for externalizing problems using meta-analysis. From 69 samples (N = 5,947), the association between insecurity and externalizing problems was significant, d = 0.31 (95% CI: 0.23, 0.40). Larger effects were found for boys (d = 0.35), clinical samples (d = 0.49), and from observation-based outcome assessments (d = 0.58). Larger effects were found for attachment assessments other than the Strange Situation. Overall, disorganized children appeared at elevated risk (d = 0.34, 95% CI: 0.18, 0.50), with weaker effects for avoidance (d = 0.12, 95% CI: 0.03, 0.21) and resistance (d = 0.11, 95% CI: -0.04, 0.26). The results are discussed in terms of the potential significance of attachment for mental health.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading, 3 Earley Gate, Whiteknights, Reading RD6 6AL, United Kingdom. p.fearon@reading.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Meta-Analysis
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20438450

Citation

Fearon, R Pasco, et al. "The Significance of Insecure Attachment and Disorganization in the Development of Children's Externalizing Behavior: a Meta-analytic Study." Child Development, vol. 81, no. 2, 2010, pp. 435-56.
Fearon RP, Bakermans-Kranenburg MJ, van Ijzendoorn MH, et al. The significance of insecure attachment and disorganization in the development of children's externalizing behavior: a meta-analytic study. Child Dev. 2010;81(2):435-56.
Fearon, R. P., Bakermans-Kranenburg, M. J., van Ijzendoorn, M. H., Lapsley, A. M., & Roisman, G. I. (2010). The significance of insecure attachment and disorganization in the development of children's externalizing behavior: a meta-analytic study. Child Development, 81(2), 435-56. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01405.x
Fearon RP, et al. The Significance of Insecure Attachment and Disorganization in the Development of Children's Externalizing Behavior: a Meta-analytic Study. Child Dev. 2010 Mar-Apr;81(2):435-56. PubMed PMID: 20438450.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The significance of insecure attachment and disorganization in the development of children's externalizing behavior: a meta-analytic study. AU - Fearon,R Pasco, AU - Bakermans-Kranenburg,Marian J, AU - van Ijzendoorn,Marinus H, AU - Lapsley,Anne-Marie, AU - Roisman,Glenn I, PY - 2010/5/5/entrez PY - 2010/5/5/pubmed PY - 2010/8/4/medline SP - 435 EP - 56 JF - Child development JO - Child Dev VL - 81 IS - 2 N2 - This study addresses the extent to which insecure and disorganized attachments increase risk for externalizing problems using meta-analysis. From 69 samples (N = 5,947), the association between insecurity and externalizing problems was significant, d = 0.31 (95% CI: 0.23, 0.40). Larger effects were found for boys (d = 0.35), clinical samples (d = 0.49), and from observation-based outcome assessments (d = 0.58). Larger effects were found for attachment assessments other than the Strange Situation. Overall, disorganized children appeared at elevated risk (d = 0.34, 95% CI: 0.18, 0.50), with weaker effects for avoidance (d = 0.12, 95% CI: 0.03, 0.21) and resistance (d = 0.11, 95% CI: -0.04, 0.26). The results are discussed in terms of the potential significance of attachment for mental health. SN - 1467-8624 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20438450/The_significance_of_insecure_attachment_and_disorganization_in_the_development_of_children's_externalizing_behavior:_a_meta_analytic_study_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01405.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -