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An exploratory study of the association between reactive attachment disorder and attachment narratives in early school-age children

Minnis, H. and Green, J. and O'Connor, T. and Liew, A. and Glaser, G. and Taylor, E. and Follan, M. and Young, D. and Barnes, J. and Gillberg, C. and Pelosi, A.J. and Arthur, J. and Burston, A. and Connolly, B. and Sadiq, F.A. and , Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Executive (Funder) (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, 50 (8). pp. 931-942. ISSN 0021-9630

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Abstract

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.

Item type: Article
ID code: 16638
Keywords: attachment, neglect, reactive attachment disorder, statistics, Mathematics, Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health, Psychiatry and Mental health, Developmental and Educational Psychology
Subjects: Science > Mathematics
Department: Faculty of Science > Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty of Education > Childhood and Primary Studies
Strathclyde Business School > Marketing
Depositing user: Mrs Ann Lynch
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010 14:39
Last modified: 26 Mar 2015 20:29
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/16638

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