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What promotes secure attachment in early adoption? The protective roles of infants' temperament and adoptive parents' attachment.
Attach Hum Dev. 2014; 16(6):573-89.AH

Abstract

Life before adoption is characterized by the lack of sensitive and stable caregiving, putting infants at risk for non-secure attachment patterns. What leads to adoptees' attachment security in their adoptive families has not been conclusively determined. We investigated the roles of children's temperament and adoptive parents' attachment on adoptees' attachment security. The variables were studied in a sample of 30 early-placed adoptees (age at adoption placement M = 5.37 months, SD = 4.43) and their adoptive mothers and fathers. Attachment patterns were investigated by means of the Strange Situation Procedure and the Adult Attachment Interview, and temperament via the Infant Behavior Questionnaire. Results showed that mothers' secure attachment, but not fathers' attachment or adoptees' temperament, increased the chance of secure attachment in adoptees. Temperament moderated the mother-child attachment match.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences , University of Pavia , Pavia , Italy.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25255300

Citation

Lionetti, Francesca. "What Promotes Secure Attachment in Early Adoption? the Protective Roles of Infants' Temperament and Adoptive Parents' Attachment." Attachment & Human Development, vol. 16, no. 6, 2014, pp. 573-89.
Lionetti F. What promotes secure attachment in early adoption? The protective roles of infants' temperament and adoptive parents' attachment. Attach Hum Dev. 2014;16(6):573-89.
Lionetti, F. (2014). What promotes secure attachment in early adoption? The protective roles of infants' temperament and adoptive parents' attachment. Attachment & Human Development, 16(6), 573-89. https://doi.org/10.1080/14616734.2014.959028
Lionetti F. What Promotes Secure Attachment in Early Adoption? the Protective Roles of Infants' Temperament and Adoptive Parents' Attachment. Attach Hum Dev. 2014;16(6):573-89. PubMed PMID: 25255300.
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